Minor chord

The minor chord – construction, intervals, symbols and examples.

The minor triad chord type consists of the first, third and fifth notes of the minor scale.

More about minor triads:

Minor chord chart

Examples of minor chords. Chord chart with some examples of common minor chords for the guitar. Minor chord diagrams.

Minor chord intervals

The intervals a minor chord are built of.

Intervals of the minor chord: perfect unison, minor third, perfect fifth.

Chord formula: 1, b3, 5.

Minor chord symbols

The chord symbols of the minor chord.

Symbols: m, mi, min, -.

Examples: Am, Cmi, E-.

Minor chord construction

Construction of the minor triad.

The minor triad is built of the intervals a minor third + a major third.

When building a minor triad chord we pick every other tone in the minor scale.

  • The minor scale intervals: 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7.
  • The minor chord intervals: 1, b3, 5.

Construction of the C minor triad

The C minor (aeolian) scale consists of the notes C D Eb F G Ab Bb and thus the C minor triad is built of the notes C, Eb and G.

  1. The interval distance between the notes C and Eb is a minor third (b3).
  2. The interval distance between the notes Eb and G is a major third (3).
  3. The interval distance between the notes C och G is a perfect fifth (5).