Let’s look at how to play a B flat 2 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for playing any other second chord.
What Are Second Chords?
Then to convert the major chord into a second chord, we’ll add the second note of the matching major scale.
How to Play a B Flat 2 Chord
Then we’ll add the second note of the B flat major scale to the chord: C
So to play a B flat 2 chord, we’ll play:
B♭ – C – D – F
We can use this pattern to build any other second chord! We’ll first build a major chord, then add the second note of the matching major scale.
Second chords use the same notes as “add9” chords. An add9 chord is a major chord with an added major ninth. A major ninth is the same note as the second note of the scale, just one octave up. So the B♭add9 and B♭2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order.
B♭add9: B♭ – D – F – C
B♭2: B♭ – C – D – F
Now you know how to build a B flat 2 chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any other second chord!
Second chords can be nice to use in place of major chords, since the added note can help fill out the chord.
Piano chords are a great way to learn and enjoy music!