Guitar Chords - Minor Triads

Movable Minor Triad Forms

Minor Triads are a group of notes from the major scale; the first or root note, the minor (♭) third, and fifth notes.

The diagrams below show the minor triad forms used on different groups of strings. These triad forms are moveable up and down the guitar fretboard as long as you stay on the same group of strings.

Minor Triad = Root + 3♭ + 5
Root note shown with red outline
Minor Triad
6th String
Minor Triad
5th String
Minor Triad
4th String
Minor Triad
3rd String

First Inversion Minor Triads

These first inversion minor triad forms are movable up and down the fret board.

"What is a chord inversion?"

🎼 A chord inversion rearranges the position of the notes used in the chord. The root note is the lowest sounding note of the chord when it is not inverted.

Minor Triad First Inversion = 3♭ + 5 + Root

Notice the new position of the root note in these inverted chords. The root is now the highest note (in sound), and the 3rd becomes the lowest note in the chord.

Minor Triad on 1st String
1st String
Minor Triad on 2nd String
2nd String

Second Inversion Minor Triads

These second inversion minor triad forms are movable up and down the fret board.

Minor Triad Second Inversion = 5 + Root + 3♭
Minor Triad on 5th String
5th String
Minor Triad on 4th String
4th String
Minor Triad on 3rd String
3rd String
Minor Triad on 2nd String
2nd String

Guitar Tabs for Minor Triads

C Minor Triads

e|-------------3-----8----------12-|
B|-------1--5--5-----8--8-------13-|
G|-0-----0--5--5-----9--9---9---12-|
D|-2--2--2--5-----5-----10--10-----|
A|-3--3-----------7---------10-----|
E|----3-----------8----------------|
				

Notes Used - C E G


D Minor Triads

e|-2--------------5--------------10-|
B|-3--3--------7--7----------10--10-|
G|-2--2--2-----7--7------11--11--11-|
D|----4--4--4--7-----7---12--12-----|
A|-------5--5--------9---12---------|
E|----------5--------10-------------|
				

Notes Used - D F♯ A


E Minor Triads

e|-------0-----------------7---------|
B|-0-----0--5--5--------9--9---------|
G|-1--1--1--4--4--4-----9--9------9--|
D|-2--2--------6--6--6--9-----9---9--|
A|----2-----------7--7--------11--11-|
E|-------------------7--------12-----|
				

Notes Used - E G♯ B


F Minor Triads

e|----1-----5---------------8------|
B|----1--1--6--6--------10--10-----|
G|-2--2--2--5--5--5-----10--10-----|
D|-3-----3-----7--7--7--10------10-|
A|-3--------------8--8----------12-|
E|-------------------8----------13-|
				

Notes Used - F A C


G Minor Triads

e|-------3-----------7---------10-|
B|----0--3--3--------8--8------12-|
G|----0--4--4--4-----7--7--7---12-|
D|-0--0-----5--5--5-----9--9------|
A|-2-----------5--5--------10-----|
E|-3--------------7---------------|
				

Notes Used - G B D


A Minor Triads

e|----0-----5-----------9----------|
B|-2--2-----5--5--------10--10-----|
G|-2--2-----6--6--6-----9---9---9--|
D|-2-----2-----7--7--7------11--11-|
A|-------4--------7--7----------12-|
E|-------5-----------9-------------|
				

Notes Used - A C♯ E


B Minor Triads

e|-2--------7-----------11---------|
B|-4--4-----7--7--------12--12-----|
G|-4--4-----8--8--8-----11--11--11-|
D|----4--4-----9--9--9------13--13-|
A|-------6--------9--9----------14-|
E|-------7-----------11------------|
				

Notes Used - B D♯ F♯