Minor Second Chords
Let’s look at how to play a B flat minor 2 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other minor second chord.
What Are Minor Second Chords?
Then to convert the minor chord into a minor second chord, we’ll add the second note of the matching major scale.
How to Play a B Flat Minor 2 Chord
So to play a B flat minor 2 chord, we’ll stary by building a B flat minor chord. We can build a B flat minor chord by taking a B flat major chord, B♭ – D – F, and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: B♭ – D♭ – F
Then we’ll add the second note of the B flat major scale to the chord: C
So to play a B flat minor 2 chord, we’ll play:
B♭ – C – D♭ – F
A B♭m2 chord uses the same notes as a B♭madd9 chord. A B♭madd9 chord is a minor chord with an added note. The added note is the ninth note of the matching major scale. The ninth note is the same note as the second note of the scale, just one octave up. So the B♭madd9 and B♭m2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order:
B♭m2: B♭ – C – D♭ – F
B♭madd9: B♭ – D♭ – F – C
Now you know how to play a B flat minor 2 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build other minor second chords!
Second chords are nice options for adding variety to piano music, since the added second note can make a chord sound more full and interesting. I hope you enjoy using these chords!