C Sharp Minor Chord On The Piano – C#m Charts & Inversions

C sharp minor Chord piano diagram

The C sharp Minor chord on the piano consists of the notes C#, E, and G#.

It creates a melancholic and dark sound that is commonly used in classical music compositions.

How to Play the C Sharp Minor Chord on the Piano

In this post, we’re going to talk about the different ways of playing the C# minor chord.

The visuals we’ve designed are here to help you place your hands correctly – feel free to save them.

First, we’ll look at the root position and then we’ll take a look at the variants known as inversions.

C Sharp Minor Chord in Root Position

C sharp minor chord root position piano diagram

C# Minor Chord in Root Position

Note Order

C# - E - G#

Left Hand Fingering

5 - 3 - 1

Right Hand Fingering

1 - 3 - 5

To play the C# minor chord in root position:

Place your right-hand thumb (1) on the C# note, your middle finger (3) on the E note, and your pinky (5) on the G# note.

For your left hand you should place your thumb (1) on the G sharp note, your middle finger (3) on the E note, and your pinky (5) on the C sharp note.

Try to keep your fingers curved and relaxed to maintain good hand positioning.

C Sharp Minor Chord Inversions

Chord inversions allow you to play the notes that make up these chords – but in a different order.

Let’s see what the inversions of C#m look like.

First Inversion

C sharp minor chord 1st inversion piano diagram

C# Minor Chord in 1st Inversion

Note Order

E - G# - C#

Left Hand Fingering

5 - 3 - 1

Right Hand Fingering

1 - 2 - 5

To move from the C# minor chord in root position (C#-E-G#) to its first inversion (E-G#-C#), you’ll want to shift your thumb (1) up to E, put your index finger (2) on G#, and then move your pinky (5) up to hit the higher C#.

This goes for the right hand.

For the left hand, switch your thumb (1) from G# to C# (1 octave up), your middle finger (3) from E to G# and put your little finger (5) on E.

Second Inversion

C sharp minor chord 2nd inversion piano diagram

C# Minor Chord in 2nd Inversion

Note Order

G# - C# - E

Left Hand Fingering

5 - 2 - 1

Right Hand Fingering

1 - 3 - 5

To move from the C# minor chord in root position (C#-E-G#) to the 2nd inversion (G#-C#-E):

For the right hand – shift your thumb (1) from C# to G#, your middle finger (3) from E to C#, and your little finger (5) from G# to E.

For the left hand – shift your thumb (1) from G# to E, put your index (2) on C#, and move your pinky (5) from C# to G#.

Try to adjust your hand slightly to the right to have a good positioning.