In this article you’ll learn how to construct the B flat minor triad as well as how to play it on piano and guitar.
We’ve also included sections on inversions for those that want a deeper understanding. Lastly, listen to some examples of popular songs that featured this triad.
Root, 3rd and 5th
The B flat minor triad is formed of the 1st, flat 3rd and flat 5th of the B flat major scale.
- Bb – root note
- Db – minor 3rd above the root
- F – perfect 5th above the root
Here is the triad written on the stave in the treble a
Before you read on make sure that you have a basic understanding of intervals. Intervals are vital for understanding how triads are built. Check out our guide to major, minor and perfect intervals for more on this.
B flat Minor Triad on Piano
Below you can see how to play this triad on the keyboard or piano. This pattern of notes could also be played starting on any B flat note.
However, the order of the notes must be the same:
- B flat – lowest note
- D flat – middle note
- F – highest note
This is called ‘root position’.
Bb Minor Triad on Guitar
There are two simple positions that you can use to play a Bb minor triad on guitar. Both positions can also be slide up or down the neck to play different minor triads.
A 1st inversion is where we take a triad but we start on the second note, which in this case is Db. We still keep the F above, but then the Bb (or root) become the highest note.
This way of rearranging a triad gives us a different sound as the relative pitches of the three notes has changed.
- D flat – lowest note
- F – middle note
- B flat – highest note
1st inversion on Piano
On the piano we can play the 1st inversion of a Bb Minor triad by starting on a Db. They play the F above and the Bb above this.
1st Inversion of Guitar
Below are the most common shapes for playing a Bb minor triad in the 1st inversion. Remember that we can only use certain shapes are the pitches of the three notes are important.
A 2nd inversion is where we take a triad but we start on the third note, which in this case is F natural. We still keep the Bb above this as we did from the 1st inversion. Then the Db becomes the highest note in the chord.
- F – perfect 5th (lowest note)
- Bb – root note (middle note)
- Db – minor 3rd (highest note)
We could construct a 2nd inversion starting on any F note in any octave. The only thing that must stay the same is that the we use the Bb above and the Db above that.
2nd inversion on Piano
On the piano we can play the 2nd inversion of a Bb Minor triad by starting on a F natural. They play the Bb above and the Db above this.
2nd Inversion on Guitar
Below are the most common shapes for playing a Bb minor triad in the 2nd inversion. Remember that we can only use certain shapes are the pitches of the three notes are important.
Triads from the B flat Minor Scale
By looking at the B flat Minor scale we can actually make triads built on each note and only using notes from B flat minor. Below you can see a list of each triad we will create be starting on different notes of the scale.
- Bb Minor
- C Dim
- Db Major
- Eb Minor
- F Minor
- Gb Major
- Ab Major
Famous Songs in B flat Minor
Here’s 3 famous examples of songs in a B flat Minor key. For this reason, they use B flat Minor triads, as the root note chord, priminently in their chord progressions.
‘Never Gonna give You up’ – Rick Astley
Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ is a catchy and enduring pop song known for its upbeat melody and iconic ‘Rickrolling‘ phenomenon, which has became a cultural meme.
‘somebody Told Me’ – The Killers
The Killers’ ‘Somebody Told Me’ is an energetic indie rock track celebrated for its infectious rhythm and memorable chorus.
‘Dark horse’ – katy Perry
Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ is a seductive pop hit distinguished by its catchy hooks and fusion of pop and hip-hop elements.