A Minor Chord – How to Form an Am Chord on Piano

Let’s learn how to form an A minor chord ( Am chord ) on piano. This chord is very easy to form. It consists solely of white keys and is formed by combining the notes A, C and E. A is the root of the major scale, C is a minor third and E is the perfect fifth of the scale. C is one and a half tones higher than A and E is two tones higher than C. So the interval between A and C is one and a half tones or three semitones, while the interval between C and E is two tones or four semitones.

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The A minor chord ( Am chord ) can also be written like this:

  • Am 
  • A min or
  • A-.

In root position the notes of an A min chord are in the order A C E. For the right hand, A is played with finger 1 (thumb), C is played with finger 3 (middle finger) and E is played with finger 5 (little finger).

Am Piano Chord DiagramAm chord, A minor chord

There are other ways of playing an Am chord. The chord can be played in the first or second inversion. In the first inversion, the notes of the Am chord are C E A. The note C is played with finger 1, E is played with finger 2 and A is played with finger 5.

In the second inversion of the A- chord E is played with finger 1, A is played with finger 3 and C is played with finger 5. The notes are to be pressed simultaneously to hear the various chords.

The A min chord occurs naturally in certain keys. In the key of Am it is chord I. In the key of C major it is chord VI. In the key of E minor it is chord IV. In G major it is chord II. In D minor, it’s chord V and in F major, it’s chord III.

How To Play The Am Chord On Piano And Keyboard


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