Let’s look at how to play a G5 (G fifth) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any fifth chord.
What Are Fifth Chords?
Fifth chords aren’t actually chords, since chords have three or more notes (fifth chords only have two notes). But we’ll call them chords since they behave like chords.
Fifth chords are built using the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
Another way to think of building a fifth chord is to use the lowest and highest notes of the matching major (or minor) chord. So to build a fifth chord, you could play the first and fifth notes of the matching major scale, or you could play the lowest and highest notes of the matching major or minor chord.
How to Play a G5 Chord
So to play a G5 chord, we can play the first and fifth notes of the G major scale: G – D These are also the lowest and highest notes of a G major chord (omitting the B) or G minor chord (omitting the B♭).
To play a G5 chord, we’d play:
G – D
Other Chord Types
Here are some other types of chords you can learn:
Now you know how to play a G5 chord on the piano, and you can use that pattern to build any other fifth chord!
Piano chords are a wonderful way to learn and enjoy the piano. Using patterns to build chords helps you understand the piano as an instrument, and provides lots of room for creativity.