Minor Second Chords
Let’s look at how to play an Fm2 (“F minor second”) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other minor second chord.
What Are Minor Second Chords?
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 Fm2 Chord
Then we’ll add the second note of the F major scale to the chord: G
So to play an Fm2 chord, we’ll play: F – G – A♭ – C
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.
An Fm2 chord uses the same notes as an Fmadd9 chord. An Fmadd9 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 Fmadd9 and Fm2 chords have the same notes, just in a different order:
Fm2: F – G – A♭ – C
Fmadd9: F – A♭ – C – G
Now you know how to play an Fm2 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor second chord!
Minor second chords can be nice substitutions for minor chords, since the added second note doesn’t change the chord very much, but gives some extra depth.
Using chords to play the piano is a wonderful way to enjoy music!