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Ebm Chord Piano

The Ebm chord is made up of three notes – Eb, Gb, and Bb.

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

You can actually play an Eb minor chord on piano in three ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the Eb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the Gb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the Bb note is the lowest note of the chord

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


Ebm Chord Piano – Root Position

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat minor chord highlighted in root position
Ebm Chord Piano – Root Position

There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play an Ebm 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 E flat minor chords in root position from low to high

Ebm Chord Piano – First Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat minor chord highlighted in first inversion
Ebm 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 E flat minor chords in first inversion from low to high

Ebm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat minor chord highlighted in second inversion
Ebm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Sheet music showing all seven E flat minor chords in second inversion from low to high

I hope you enjoyed this information about Eb minor chords. Now it’s time to go have some fun playing them on your piano.