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D Minor Chord Piano

The D minor chord is made up of three notes – D, F and A.

You can actually play a D minor chord on piano in three ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the D note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the F note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the A note is the lowest note of the chord

I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail…

And then we’ll take a look at some FAMOUS SONGS which use D minor chords. These are great practice material. Because they sound pretty darn good.

And I’ve arranged them in a simple way – block chords in the left hand and melody in the right. This lets you focus on learning the chords and chord changes. The smoother you get your chord changes the better.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the theory.

D Minor Chord Piano – Root Position

Whenever you play a D minor chord on piano, and D is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D Minor chord highlighted in root position
D Minor Chord Piano – Root Position

There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play a D minor chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, see if you can find them all.

Below is what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.

Sheet music showing all seven D Minor chords in root position from low to high

D Minor Chord Piano – First Inversion

Whenever you play a D minor chord on piano, and F is the lowest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D Minor chord highlighted in first inversion
D Minor Chord Piano – First Inversion

And here is the D minor chord first inversion played in all positions up the piano. You’ll notice that there are only six of these.

Sheet music showing all six D Minor chords in first inversion from low to high

D Minor Chord Piano – Second Inversion

Whenever you play a D minor chord on piano, and A is the lowest note, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D Minor chord highlighted in second inversion
D Minor Chord Piano – Second Inversion

And here is the D minor chord second inversion played in all positions up the piano.

Sheet music showing all seven D Minor chords in second inversion from low to high

Famous “D Minor Chord” Songs

Okay, time to put the theory into practice!

Just below we’ll take a look at some D minor chords used in actual songs. I hope you’ve heard some of them before.

Actually, who am I kidding, I hope you love the song selection. Because that makes them more fun to practice.

Each snippet below has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and the melody in the right hand. So you can focus on learning the D minor chord and its inversions, without trying to learn something too hard.

And I have to admit, although they’re 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 D minor chord inversions (covered above).

Then try the chords in different areas on the piano.

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, especially if you haven’t tried it before.

The first song we’ll take a look at is Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. This arrangement uses the D minor chord in root position only, so it’s a great piece to start with.

D Minor Chord Piano Progression 1 – Wrecking Ball

A snippet of sheet music from the song Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

The next song snippet is from Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars. This arrangement uses the D minor chord in first inversion.

D Minor Chord Piano Progression 2 – Just The Way You Are

A snippet of sheet music from the song Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

The final piece we’ll take a look at today is the chorus from Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. This arrangement uses the D minor chord in second inversion.

And if you like this song, take a look at our F Chord Piano post. In the example section you’ll find an arrangement of the verse.

D Minor Chord Piano Progression 3 – Go Your Own Way

A snippet of sheet music from the song Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Don’t forget: Once you get the hang of these examples, have some fun with them. Practice the chords in different positions and different inversions. And listen out for which ones you like best.

That’s about it for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about D minor chords on piano.