How to play the C minor chord on the piano
Let’s go through some charts and musical examples that will familiarize you with the chord and how to play it in the various different forms you will encounter in pieces of music.
First, we’ll look at the most fundamental chords and inversions; then, we’ll explore some more complex voicings and real-world examples.
C minor chord theory and function
The chord is the root in the key of , the dominant (V) in the key of, and the subdominant (IV) in the key of.
Examples of the C minor chord in music
To put the chord in context, here are some examples of famous pieces of music in which the C minor chord appears prominently.