How to Play an F5 Chord on the Piano

Fifth Chords

Let’s look at how to play a F5 (“F fifth”) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other fifth chord.

What Are Fifth Chords?

Fifth chords aren’t technically chords, since the definition of a “chord” is “three or more notes sounded together”. But we’ll call them chords anyway since they’re treated like chords at the piano.

To play a fifth chord, play the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

You can learn how to build a major scale here.

Another way to think of playing a fifth chord is to play the lowest and highest notes of the matching major chord, leaving out the middle note (the third).

How to Play an F5 Chord

To play an F5 chord, we’ll play the first and fifth notes of the F major scale: F – C

f5 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other fifth chord, by playing the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

piano chords chart pdf printable

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 other chord types you can learn are:

Minor Second
Minor Sixth
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth


Now you know how to build an F5 chord, and you can use this knowledge to build any other fifth chord on the piano!

Fifth chords can work as chord substitutions for major and minor chords sometimes. They create a more open-ended sound, which can be fun to incorporate into music.

Piano chords are lots of fun to use to learn the piano quickly and to play creatively!

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