Let’s look at how to play an A5 (A fifth) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any fifth chord.
What Are Fifth Chords?
Fifth chords only have two notes, so they’re not technically chords since chords have three or more notes. But we’ll call them chords anyway since they behave like chords.
Fifth chords are built using the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
How to Play an A5 Chord
To play an A5 chord on the piano, we’ll play the first and fifth notes of the A major scale: A – E.
So to play an A5 chord, we’ll play:
A – E
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build fifth chords!
They also interchange nicely with suspended chords, so if you really want to have fun, try playing an A major chord, then alternating between A5, Asus2 and Asus4, resolving back to A major. The piano starts to come alive!