G Minor

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The G minor chord is a triad formed from a root (G), a minor third (B♭) and a perfect fifth (D).

How to play G minor on the piano

To find the G, look for the black keys in groups of three on the keyboard. You'll find a white key tucked between the left and middle black key in that group. That key is the G, the root of G minor.

The G minor chord is made up of the following notes: G, B♭, and D. To play the chord in its root position, use the following fingers:

D - Fifth finger (5)
B♭ - Third finger (3)
G - First finger (1)

To play the chord with your left hand, use these fingers, instead:

D - First finger (1)
B♭ - Third finger (3)
G - First finger (5)

In some instances, playing the chord might be easier with different fingers, depending on the song or piece of music. To get a feel for how the G minor chord is built, take a look at our video above.

What are the inversions of G minor?

Beyond the root position of G minor, you can play the inversions of the chord. By changing the order of the notes, you'll be able to play the 1st and 2nd inversions.

How to play the 1st inversion of G minor

Place the B♭ as the lowest note of the chord to play the 1st inversion of G minor. To play the chord with your right hand, use the following fingers:

G - Fifth finger (5)
D - Second finger (2)
B♭ - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of G minor

For the 2nd inversion of G minor, the D is the lowest note in the chord. With your right hand, play the chord with the following fingers:

B♭ - Fifth finger (5)
G - Third finger (3)
D - First finger (1)

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