Minor Chord

In music theory, a minor chord ( play D minor chord) is a chord having a root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth. When a chord has these three notes alone, it is called a minor triad. Some minor triads with additional notes, such as the minor seventh chord, may also be called minor chords.

A minor triad can also be described as a minor third interval with a major third interval on top or as a root note, a note 3 semitones higher than the root, and a note 7 semitones higher than the root. Hence it can be represented by the integer notation {0, 3, 7}.

A major chord ( play) differs from a minor chord in having a major third above the root instead of a minor third. It can also be described as a major third with a minor third on top, in contrast to a minor chord, which has a minor third with a major third on top. They both contain fifths, because a major third (4 semitones) plus a minor third (3 semitones) equals a fifth (7 semitones).

A diminished chord is a minor chord with a lowered fifth. play

An example of a minor chord is the C minor chord, which consists of the notes C (root), E♭ (minor third) and G (perfect fifth):

Play C minor chord in root position.

The minor chord, along with the major chord, is one of the basic building blocks of tonal music and the common practice period. In Western music, a minor chord, in comparison, "sounds darker than a major chord" but is still considered highly consonant, stable, or as not requiring resolution.

Read more about Minor Chord:  Acoustic Consonance of The Minor Chord, Just Intonation, Minor Chord Table

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