Dm chord inversions

D/F and D/A are the first and second inversions of the D minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from D to F or A.


  • Dm/F chord diagram


  • Dm/A chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

Dm/A - Bb - C

Theory of the Dm/F and Dm/A chords

Both chords consist of the notes D, F, A. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. F is the bass note in the first inversion and A is the bass note in the second inversion.

Chord construction

Dm  x - x - D - A - D - F
Dm/F  x - x - F - A - D - F
Dm/A  x - A - D - A - D - F
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Dm  D - F - A
Dm/F  F - A - D
Dm/A  A - D - F
Note structure in theory


When stumble upon these chord names, you can choose to ignore the alternate bass note and play the regular D minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle additions to the sound. Notice that the Dm/A and the regular Dm are identical except that the open A-string is included in the former.

D/F : can also be played as 1x023X, which can be preferred for fingerstyle.