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Music Theory

C Minor Triad Explained

Photograph of the blog post author, Georgia Carter

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Are you starting to play an instrument and wanted to know more about the minor chords you can play? What about the C minor triad chord? Have you tried this one? Well, if you haven’t, then we will tell you everything you need to know to be able to master it. Keep reading for more.

C Minor Triad

What Is The C Minor Triad?

The C minor triad is a three-note chord consisting of the notes C, E-flat, and G. Hence why sometimes, it is also called the tonic chord. It is built by taking the root note (C) (tonic note of the C minor scale), lowering the third note by a half step (E-flat), and keeping the fifth note as is (G). This creates a minor third interval between the root and third notes, and a perfect fifth interval between the root and fifth notes. The chord is commonly used in music to create a dark, melancholic, or somber mood, but of course it depends on the context and the individual musician’s opinion.

The C minor chord serves as the tonal center or home base of the key.

What Does The C Minor Sound Like?  

Now, we have gone through the theory of exactly what a C Minor triad is, but maybe it would be helpful for you to actually hear the chord? We have some great videos below to do just that. If you are learning the piano or the guitar, then these short videos will be useful to explore the chord further. 

C Minor Triad Chord On The Piano

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C Minor Triad Chord On Guitar

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C Minor Triad Chord On Bass Guitar

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Famous Songs That Used C Minor Chord

Some famous songs that use this chord include “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and “All of Me” by John Legend. 

There are more, including; Beethoven’s 5th Symphony to Survivor’s hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’; from Chopin’s Prélude Op. 28, No. 20 (“Funeral March”) to Adele’s song ‘Rollin’ in the Deep’.

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

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“All of Me” by John Legend

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“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor 

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“Rolling In The Deep” by Adele

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So that was our article about the C minor triad chord, was it helpful? Does it make you want to pick up your guitar and strum that chord? As you can see, it is a chord that is used fairly often, so it would be in your best interest to learn it. Whether that be on the piano or guitar – even the ukulele


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