Let’s look at how to play an A2 (A second) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any second chord.
What Are Second Chords? Second chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the second note of the matching major scale.
So to build a second chord, we’ll start by building a
major chord. Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale (learn how to build a major scale here).
Then to convert a
major chord into a second chord, we’ll add the second note of the same scale to the chord. Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.). How to Play an A2 Chord
Let’s build an A2 chord. We’ll start by building an
A major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the A major scale: A – C♯ – E
Then we’ll add the second note of the scale to the chord: B
So to play the chord, we’ll play:
A – B – C♯ – E
You can use this pattern to build any second chord. Start by building a
major chord, then add the second note of the matching major scale. Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Major Minor Augmented Diminished Minor Second Suspended Fifth Sixth Minor Sixth Seventh Minor Seventh Major Seventh Ninth Minor Ninth Major Ninth Conclusion
Now you know how to build an A2 chord on the piano, and you can use that pattern to build any second chord!
Second chords make nice substitutes for major chords, since they add one additional note. They create some nice variety and also interchange nicely with
suspended second chords.