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D Minor Chord (Dm) on Guitar, Piano and Ukulele – How to Play it

The D minor chord (Dm) is built from a root note (D), a minor third (F), and perfect fifth (A):

  • Type: minor triad.
  • Formule: 1 ♭3 5.
  • Music notes: D (1) F (♭3) A (5).
  • Chords to play with: iv (Gm) y v (Am).
Dm chord pentagram staff stave

Dm chord [Musical explanation]

The D minor chord is a minor triad with formula 1 – ♭3 – 5. Therefore, to build it we need D (1), F (♭3) and A (5):

what notes are in the Dm chord

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 Dm chord we obtain that:

  • F is the minor third of D because it is 3 half steps above the root.
  • A is the perfect fifth of D because it is 4 half steps above the 3rd.

Thus, this confirms that D minor chord is defined by:

Root (D) – Minor Third (F) – Perfect Fifth (A)

Dm Guitar Chord

The Dm chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:

D minor guitar

Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the Dm on guitar:

D minor chord guitar
Dm guitar diagram

Let’s start by analyzing the 3 circles in blue, which indicate that on the strings 3 (G), 2 (B) and 1 (E) we have to place the fingers 2 (middle), 3 (ring finger) and 1 (index).

Note by the way the number 1 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  X D  A  D  F

This simply means that in the:

  • Sixth string there is no sound.
  • Fifth string there is no sound.
  • Fourth string sounds the D note.
  • Third string sounds the A note.
  • Second string sounds the D note.
  • First string sounds the F note.

And at the bottom we find the numbers:

1  5  1  ♭3

This indicates that in the:

  • Sixth string There is no number because there is no sound.
  • Fifth string There is no number because there is no sound.
  • Fourth string sounds the root (1).
  • Third string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
  • Second string sounds the root (1).
  • First string sounds the minor third (♭3).

⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the Dm 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 Dm guitar chord

In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the Dm chord in the following fretboard positions:

D minor chord guitar Dm

D minor triad chords and inversions

Triads

D minor guitar triad chord

First Inversion (Dm/F)

Dm/F guitar chord first inversion

Second Inversion (Dm/A)

Dm/A guitar chord second inversion

What chords are in D minor?

The D minor scale harmonized results on the following chords:

Dm (I) – Eº (iiº) – F (III) – Gm (iv) – Am (v) – B♭ (VI) – C (VII)

D minor scale harmonized

Dm Ukulele Chord

Here you can see as well the Dm uke chord diagram:

Dm ukulele
Dm on ukulele

Dm Piano Chord

To play the Dm chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:

Dm piano chord
Dm piano

First Inversion (Dm/F)

Dm/F piano chord 1st inversion

Second Inversión (Dm/A)

Dm/A piano chord 2nd inversion

Music scales in which the D minor chord can be found

  • A# major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • A# Cm Dm D# F Gm Adim
  • C major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
  • F major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • F Gm Am B♭ C Dm Edim
  • D natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Dm Edim F Gm Am B♭ C
  • A natural minor scale (harmonized with triads
    • Am Bdim C Dm Em F G
  • G natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Gm Adim B♭ Cm Dm E♭ F
  • D harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Dm Edim Faug Gm A B♭ D♭dim
  • A harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Am Bdim Caug Dm E F A♭dim
  • D melodic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Dm Em Faug G A Bdim D♭dim
  • C melodic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Cm Dm E♭aug F G Adim Bdim

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