Minor Second Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Bm2 chord on the piano. We’ll also look at the pattern for building any other minor second chord.
What Are Minor Second Chords?
How to Play a Bm2 Chord
Then we’ll add the second note of the B major scale to the chord: C♯
So to play a Bm2 chord, we’ll play:
B – C♯ – D – F♯
We can use this pattern to build any other minor second chord, by taking a minor chord and adding the second note of the matching major scale.
A Bm2 chord uses the same notes as a Bmadd9 chord. A Bmadd9 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 Bmadd9 and Bm2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order:
Bm2: B – C♯ – D – F♯
Bmadd9: B – D – F♯ – C♯
Other Chord Types
Some other chord types you can learn are:
Now you know how to build a Bm2 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor second chord!
Minor second chords can make nice chord substitutions for minor chords, since they only add one note. This gives us more options when playing creatively at the piano.
Using chords to learn and play the piano is a wonderful way to enjoy music!