How to Play a B Flat 5 Chord on the Piano

Fifth Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat 5 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other fifth chord.

What Are Fifth Chords?

Fifth chords aren’t technically chords, since “chords” are “three or more notes sounded together”. But we’ll call them chords anyway since they’re treated like chords at the piano.

To play a fifth chord, we’ll play the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

You can learn how to build a major scale here.

Another way to think of fifth chords is to play the lowest and highest notes of the matching major chord, leaving out the middle note (the third).

How to Play a B Flat 5 Chord on the Piano

So to play a B flat 5 chord, we’ll play the first and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – F. These are also the lowest and highest notes of the B♭ major chord.

So to play a B flat 5 chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – F

We can use this pattern to build any other fifth chord! All we need to do is play the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

piano chords chart pdf printable

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to play a B flat 5 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other fifth chord!

Fifth chords are nice because they can be used lots of places. Since they leave out the middle note, they create more of an open-ended sound. It can be fun to experiment with switching them out for major or minor chords to change the feel of the music.

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