The A minor chord is made up of three notes – A, C and E.
You can actually play an A minor chord on piano in three ways:
- Root Position – This is where the A note is the lowest note of the chord
- First Inversion – This is where the A note is the highest note of the chord
- Second Inversion – This is where the A note is the middle note of the chord
I’ll quickly explain this in a little more detail…
And then we’ll take a look at some FAMOUS SONGS which use A minor chords. These are great practice material because they sound good but aren’t too difficult.
But first, let’s take a look at the theory.
A Minor Chord Piano – Root Position
Whenever you play an A minor chord on piano, and A is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:
There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play an A minor chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, see if you can find them all.
Below is what they all look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.
A Minor Chord Piano – First Inversion
Whenever you play an A minor chord on piano, and A is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:
And here is the A minor chord first inversion played in all positions up the piano.
A Minor Chord Piano – Second Inversion
Whenever you play an A minor chord on piano, and A is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:
And here is the A minor chord second inversion played in all positions up the piano.
Famous “A Minor Chord” Songs
Okay, you’ve made it to the fun part of the post!
Just below we’ll take a look at some A minor chords used in popular songs. I hope you love these songs just as much as I do.
Each example below has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and the melody in the right hand. This lets you focus on learning the A minor chord and its inversions, without having to worry about challenging arrangements.
And I have to admit, although the arrangements are simple, they do sound pretty good.
First of all, try playing each example as written. But once you’re comfortable with that, feel free to try each of the other A minor chord inversions (covered above).
Then try the chords in different areas on the piano. Try them low. Try them high. And see which ones sound the best to you.
And if you really want to test yourself: Try playing the melody lower on the piano with your left hand, and the chords higher on the piano with your right hand. That’s a tough exercise, but well worth the effort.
The first example we’ll take a look at is from the song Stay by Rihanna. This arrangement uses the A minor chord in root position only, so it’s a great piece to begin with.
A Minor Chord Piano Example 1 – Stay
The next song snippet is from Sherry by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. This piece uses A minor chords in both root position and first inversion.
A Minor Chord Piano Example 2 – Sherry
The final piece we’ll take a look at is from the classic Celine Dion song It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. This arrangement uses A minor chords in second inversion.
Don’t forget: Once you get the hang of these examples, have some fun with them. Try the chords in different positions and different inversions. And be sure to listen out for the combinations you like best.
And that’s all for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about A minor chords on piano.