How to Play an Fm2 Chord on the Piano

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?

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 by building a minor chord. We can build a minor chord by taking the matching major chord and lowering the middle note 1/2 step.

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

So to play an Fm2 chord on the piano, we’ll start by building an F minor chord. We can build an F minor chord by taking an F major chord, F – A – C, and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: F – A♭ – C

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

fm2 chord piano

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

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:

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 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!

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