Music Theory

D Minor piano Scale and Key

D minor key signature

The D minor scale differs from that of A minor in-so-far that while the step from the 5th 6th in the latter is a half
step, from A B or from the 7th 6th is a whole tone. In order to make the D minor scale like the A minor scale we
must place a flat before the sixth B, whereby we will have a half step from the 5th 6th. The D minor scale is the relative
minor scale of F major, and like it has but one flat.

D minor scale fingering on piano.

How to study D minor scales on the piano

Play this scale in all the various forms and combinations used in connection with the A minor scale.

Classical masterpieces in D minor key

D minor key is widely used in classical music. Here are some well known masterpieces in this minor key:J. S. Bach composed his great Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 in D minor key while W. A. Mozart wrote his Requiem Mass (not finished) and Piano Concert K 466 Number 20 in this key. L. v. Beethoven wrote his well known Symphony op. 125 Number 9 and piano Sonata op. 31 number 2, the so called Tempest, in D minor key. Also in jazz and rock music there are many masterpieces in this key.