The C♭ minor chord (C♭m) is built from a root note (C♭), a minor third (E♭♭), and perfect fifth (G♭):
- Type: minor triad.
- Formule: 1 ♭3 5.
- Music notes: C♭ (1) E♭♭ (♭3) G♭ (5).
- Chords to play with: iv (F♭m) y v (G♭m).
C♭m chord [Musical explanation]
The C♭ minor chord is a minor triad with formula 1 – ♭3 – 5. Therefore, to build it we need C♭ (1), E♭♭ (♭3) and G♭ (5):
This is due to the fact that a minor chord is made up of 2 third intervals:
- A minor interval (3 half steps between the 3rd and root).
- A major interval (4 half steps between the 5th and 3rd).
If we apply this principle to the C♭m chord we obtain that:
- E♭♭ is the minor third of C♭ because it is 3 half steps above the root.
- G♭ is the perfect fifth of C♭ because it is 4 half steps above the 3rd.
Thus, this confirms that C♭ minor chord is defined by:
Root (C♭) – Minor Third (E♭♭) – Perfect Fifth (G♭)
In other words the Cb minor chord is the same as the Cm chord but lowered by a half step.
C♭m Guitar Chord
The C♭m chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:
Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the C♭m on guitar:
Let’s start by analyzing the 3 circles in blue, which indicate that on the strings 4 (D), 3 (G) and 2 (B) we have to place the fingers 3 (ring finger), 4 (pinky) and 2 (middle). In this case we need to play a barre chord, so we have to use as well the index finger (1) to press down the strings from 5 to 1.
Note by the way the number 3 in black on the left that indicates on which fret we start playing the chord.
On the other hand, at the top we see that we have the characters:
X C♭ G♭ C♭ E♭♭ G♭
This simply means that in the:
- Sixth string there is no sound.
- Fifth string sounds the C♭ note.
- Fourth string sounds the G♭ note.
- Third string sounds the C♭ note.
- Second string sounds the E♭♭ note.
- First string sounds the G♭ note.
And at the bottom we find the numbers:
1 5 1 ♭3 5
This indicates that in the:
- Sixth string There is no number because there is no sound.
- Fifth string sounds the root (1).
- Fourth string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
- Third string sounds the root (1).
- Second string sounds the minor third (♭3).
- First string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the C♭m chord on guitar. But it is highly recommended to know it in order to understand the musical theory behind each chord.
Other ways to play the C♭m guitar chord
In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the C♭m chord in the following fretboard positions:
C♭ minor triad chords and inversions
First Inversion (C♭m/E♭♭)
Second Inversion (C♭m/G♭)
C♭m Ukulele Chord
Here you can see as well the C♭m uke chord diagram:
C♭m Piano Chord
To play the C♭m chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:
First Inversion (C♭m/E♭♭)
Second Inversión (C♭m/G♭)
Music scales in which the C♭ minor chord can be found
- A major scale (harmonized with triads)
- A C♭m D♭m D F♭ G♭m A♭dim
- G major scale (harmonized with triads)
- G Am Bm C D F♭m G♭dim
- D major scale (harmonized with triads)
- D F♭m G♭m G A C♭m D♭dim
- C♭ natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- C♭m D♭dim E♭♭ F♭m G♭m A♭♭ B♭♭
- F♭ natural minor scale (harmonized with triads
- F♭m G♭dim A♭♭ B♭♭m C♭m D♭♭ E♭♭
- G♭ natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- G♭m A♭dim B♭♭ C♭m D♭m E♭♭ F♭
- C♭ harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- C♭m D♭dim E♭♭aug F♭m G♭ A♭♭ B♭dim
- G♭ harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- G♭m A♭dim B♭♭aug C♭m D♭ E♭♭ G♭♭dim
- C♭ melodic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- C♭m D♭m E♭♭aug F♭ G♭ A♭dim B♭dim
- A melodic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Am C♭m D♭♭aug D F♭ G♭dim A♭dim
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