How to Make a D Minor Chord

The D minor chord consists of musical notes that are arranged to create a spooky, melancholy sound. Musicians use major and minor keys to create chords. A musical key consists of notes arranged in a scale that follows a sequence of whole and half "steps," or intervals.

Step 1 Create a minor scale starting on the note D. The notes in a D natural minor scale are D, E, F, G, A, B-flat and C.

Step 2 Build a minor chord starting on the note D. Minor chords contain the third and fifth notes of the natural minor scale. In this case, D minor consists of the notes D, F and A.

Step 3 Play the notes D, F and A on the piano. Press down the white key in the middle of the set of two black keys, the first white key to the left of the set of three black keys and the white key just before the third black key.

Step 4 You can play a D minor chord on any instrument capable of producing chords. Play a D minor chord on the guitar. With the index finger of your left hand, press the high E string on the first fret to play the note F. Place the middle ring finger on the second fret of the G string to play A. Position your ring finger on the third fret of the B string to play the note D. Strum these strings with your right hand to play a D minor chord.


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