Minor Second Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Dm2 chord (D minor second) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any minor second chord.
What Are Minor Second Chords?
So to build a minor second chord, we’ll start by building a minor chord. Minor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale (learn how to build a minor scale here).
How to Play a Dm2 Chord
Now let’s build a Dm2 chord on the piano. We’ll start by building a D minor chord using the first, third and fifth notes of a D minor scale: D – F – A
Then we’ll add the second note of a D major scale to the chord: E
So to play a Dm2 chord, we’ll play:
D – E – F – A
A Dm2 chord uses the same notes as a Dmadd9 (D minor add ninth) chord. A Dmadd9 chord is a D minor chord with an added major ninth. Since a scale only has eight notes, a major ninth is the same note as the second note of the scale, just one octave up. So the Dm2 chord and the Dmadd9 chords use the same notes, just in a different order:
Dm2 chord: D – E – F – A
Dadd9 chord: D – F – A – E
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build a Dm2 chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any minor second chord.
Minor second chords can often be used as substitutes for minor chords, since the only difference is the second note. The extra note blends well with the main chord and can add some nice variety!