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
We can use this pattern to build any other fifth chord, by playing the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
Other Chord Types
Some other chord types you can learn are:
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!