How to Play a B2 Chord on the Piano

Second Chords

Let’s look at how to build a B2 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other second chord.

What are Second Chords?

Second chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the second note of the matching major scale.

To play a second chord, we’ll start with a major chordMajor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale (learn how to build a major scale here).

To convert the major chord into a second chord, we’ll add the second note of the matching major scale.

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How to Play a B2 Chord

Now let’s build a B2 chord. First we’ll build a B major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B major scale: B – D♯ – F♯
Then we’ll add the second note of the B major scale to the chord: C♯

So to play a B2 chord, we’ll play:

B – C♯ – D♯ – F♯

b2 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other second chord, by first building the matching major chord, then adding 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 Badd9 and B2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order.
Badd9: B – D♯ – F♯ – C♯
B2: B – C♯ – D♯ – F♯

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

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

Conclusion

Now you know how to build a B2 chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build other second chords!

Second chords can make nice chord substitutions for major chords, since they only add one note. The extra note adds some nice variety to the major chord and provides more options when playing creatively at the piano.

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