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Fm Chord Piano

The Fm chord is made up of three notes – F, Ab, and C.

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

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

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

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


Fm Chord Piano – Root Position

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

Piano keyboard with an F minor chord highlighted in root position
Fm Chord Piano – Root Position

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

Fm Chord Piano – First Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an F minor chord highlighted in first inversion
Fm 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 F minor chords in first inversion from low to high

Fm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an F minor chord highlighted in second inversion
Fm Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

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

That’s about all for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about Fm chords.