E Minor Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an E Minor Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's an E Minor chord, the root is E!

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an E Minor chord is G. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding G from E step by step:

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

The 5th

The fifth of an E Minor chord is B. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding B from E step by step:

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

The Inversions of E Minor

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other Minor Chords

Other E Chords