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:
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.
Other Chord Types
Some other chord types you can learn are:
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.