How to Play an E Flat Minor 2 Chord on the Piano

Minor Second Chords

Let’s look at how to build an E 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?

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

So to build a minor second chord, we’ll start with a minor chord. We can build a minor chord by taking the matching major chord and lowering the middle note 1/2 step.

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 an E Flat Minor 2 Chord

To build an E flat minor 2 chord, we’ll start with an E flat minor chord. We can build an E flat minor chord by taking an E flat major chord, E♭ – G – B♭, and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: E♭ – G♭ – B♭

Then to turn the E flat minor chord into an E flat minor 2 chord, we’ll add the second note of the E flat major scale: F

So to play an E flat minor 2 chord, we’ll play:

E♭ – F – G♭ – B♭

e flat minor 2 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other minor second chord! First we’ll build a minor chord by taking the matching major chord and lowering the middle note 1/2 step. Then we’ll add the second note of the matching major scale.

An E♭m2 chord uses the same notes as an E♭madd9 chord. An E♭madd9 chord is an E flat 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 E♭madd9 and E♭m2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order:

E♭m2: E♭ – F – G♭ – B♭
E♭madd9: E♭ – G♭ – B♭ – F

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Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some of the other chord types you can learn are:

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

Conclusion

Now you know how to build an E flat minor 2 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor second chord!

Minor second chords are nice to use as chord substitutions for minor chords, since the added second note adds some additional richness to the minor chord. I hope you enjoy using them at the piano!

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