C# Minor Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a C# Minor Chord

The Root

You'll have no trouble finding the root of a C# Minor chord, because it's what gives a C# Minor chord it's name: It's the note C#.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a C# Minor chord is E. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding E from C# step by step:

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

The 5th

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

Finding G# from C# step by step:

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

The Inversions of C# Minor

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

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