F# Minor 7th Piano Chord

Root
F#
Min 3rd
A
Min 7th
E
5th
C#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F#
A
C#
E

The Notes in an F# Minor 7th Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of an F# Minor 7th chord is F#.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an F# Minor 7th chord is A. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding A from F# step by step:

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

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of an F# Minor 7th chord is E. The minor seventh is down two half-steps from the Root.

Finding E from F# step by step:

  • Start on: F#
  • Step 1: move down to E#
  • Step 2: Land on E
Min 7th
E
Root
F#
1
  • E# is a minor second below F#.
  • E is a major 2nd below F#. The min 7th is down a major 2nd? Confusing, right? The note E is down 2 half-steps from F#, but up 10 half-steps from F#:
Min 7th
E
Root
F#
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

The Inversions of F# Minor 7th

Root Position

Root
F#
Min 3rd
A
Min 7th
E
5th
C#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F#
A
C#
E

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
A
5th
C#
Min 7th
E
Root
F#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
C#
E
F#

2nd Inversion

5th
C#
Min 7th
E
Root
F#
Min 3rd
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C#
E
F#
A

3rd Inversion

Min 7th
E
Root
F#
Min 3rd
A
5th
C#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
E
F#
A
C#

How to find F# Minor 7th with my three-finger-method

This is the method taught in my book "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols"

Step 1) Use the Fourth

Find the Root and the Fourth up from the Root. (See my tutorial on finding fourths).

Root
F#
Root
F#
4th
B

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move both fingers in right hand a whole-step down (two keys to the left on the piano). (A half-step is the next key.)

Root
F#
Min 7th
E
Min 3rd
A

How to Find 7th Chords with Nate's Three Finger Method

  • Major 7th chords: bring both fingers down a half-step
  • Minor 7th chords: bring both fingers down a whole-step
  • Dominant 7th chords: bring the Root down a whole-step, the fourth down a half-step
  • Diminished 7th chords: bring the Root down a minor third, the fourth down a whole-step

If you would like to learn more about my method, pick up "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols".

Other Minor 7th Chords

Other F# Chords