B Minor Piano Chord

Root
B
Min 3rd
D
5th
F#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
B
D
F#

The Notes in a B Minor Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of a B Minor chord is B.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a B Minor chord is D. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding D from B step by step:

  • Start on: B
  • Step 1: move up to C
  • Step 2: move up to C#
  • Step 3: Land on D
Min 3rd
D
Root
B
1
2
  • C is a minor second above B.
  • C# is a major 2nd above B.
  • D is a minor third above B.

The 5th

The fifth of a B Minor chord is F#. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding F# from B step by step:

  • Start on: B
  • Step 1: move down to A#
  • Step 2: move down to A
  • Step 3: move down to G#
  • Step 4: move down to G
  • Step 5: Land on F#
5th
F#
Root
B
1
2
3
4
  • A# is a minor second below B.
  • A is a major 2nd below B.
  • G# is a minor third below B.
  • G is a major third below B.
  • F# is a fourth below B. The 5th is down a fourth? Confusing, right? The note F# is down 5 half-steps from B, but up 7 half-steps from B:
5th
F#
Root
B
1
2
3
4
5
6

The Inversions of B Minor

Root Position

Root
B
Min 3rd
D
5th
F#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
B
D
F#

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
D
5th
F#
Root
B
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D
F#
B

2nd Inversion

5th
F#
Root
B
Min 3rd
D
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F#
B
D

Other Minor Chords

Other B Chords