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Dbm Chord Piano

The Dbm chord is made up of three notes – Db, Fb, and Ab.

If you’re new to chords, the ‘m’ stands for ‘minor’ and the chord is also referred to as the ‘Db minor triad’.

Now, you might notice that the note Fb is the same as the note E, on piano. In this post I’ll use Fb to be technically correct, but if it’s easier, feel free to think of it as E.

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

  • Root Position – This is where the Db note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the Fb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the Ab note is the lowest note of the chord

I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail, with images and audio clips below.


Dbm Chord Piano – Root Position

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

Piano keyboard with a D flat minor chord highlighted in root position
Dbm Chord Piano – Root Position

There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play a Dbm chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, try playing each one.

Below you’ll see what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button if you’d like to hear what they sound like too.

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

Dbm Chord Piano – First Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with a D flat minor chord highlighted in first inversion
Dbm Chord Piano – First Inversion

And here it is played in all places on a standard piano. You’ll notice that there are six of these.

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

Dbm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with a D flat minor chord highlighted in second inversion
Dbm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

And here is the second inversion played in all places on a standard piano. There are six of these too.

Sheet music showing all six D flat minor chords in second inversion from low to high

And that’s about all for this post. I hope you enjoyed learning about Db minor chords. Now it’s time to go have some fun playing them on your piano.