Minor Triads

A Triad is a 3 note chord and is essentially the smallest chord. A Minor Triad is based on the 1st (Root) - b3rd & 5th notes of a major scale. Inversions change the order of the notes by playing a different note as the lowest note of the chord. The chord symbols are written using a slash (/) such as Cm/Eb which means to play a C minor chord with the Eb note as the lowest note in the chord. These chord symbols are common to other instruments such as keyboards.

There are 3 types of Triad inversions;

Inversion Name Scale Notes Chord Symbol Chord Notes
  Root Position   1   b3  5   Cm   =  C  Eb  G
  1st Inversion   b3  5  1   Cm/Eb   =  Eb  G  C
  2nd Inversion   5  1  b3   Cm/G   =  G  C  Eb
GREEN - Chord is based off the 6th string.
YELLOW - Chord is based off the 5th string.
RED - Chord is based off the 4th string.
Root Position

1st Inversion


2nd Inversion

Right Handed
Left Handed
  Major   Major - Left
  Minor   Minor - Left
  Ma6   Ma6 - Left
  m6   m6 - Left
  Ma7   Ma7 - Left
  m7   m7 - Left
  m7b5   m7b5 - Left
  dim7   dim7 - Left
  7th   7th - Left
  7sus4   7sus4 - Left
 



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