Minor Second Chords
Let’s look at how to play an Am2 (A minor second) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any minor second chord.
What Are Minor Second Chords?
To build a minor second chord, we can start by building a minor chord. Minor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale (learn how to build a minor scale here).
How to Play an Am2 Chord
Now let’s look at how to play an Am2 chord on the piano. We’ll start by building our Am chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the A minor scale. Or we can take an A major chord and lower the middle note 1/2 step: A – C – E
Next we’ll add the second note of the A major scale to the chord: B
So to play an Am2 chord, we’ll play:
A – B – C – E
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build an Am2 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any minor second chord! Minor second chords can work nicely as substitutes for minor chords, since the additional note generally blends well.
Piano chords provide a wonderful outlet for expressing music freely and creatively at the piano.