B7 chord

B7 chord for guitar in different forms, including open and barre chords.


B7 chord diagram X21202

The diagram shows the most common way to play the chord. Avoid playing on the 6th string. B7 is a four-note chord consisting of B, D#, F#, A.

Alternative shapes

B7 barre

  • B7 barre shape

B7 barre

  • B7 shape


  • B7 chord diagram 7X787X

Relevant chords


  • B7sus4 shape

Theory and information


Another way to play B7/F# is 221202 and involve the thumb on the sixth string.

Try in a chord progression

G - B7 - C - D - G (see with diagrams in pdf)

Chord names

B7 is a dominant chord. B7/D#, B7/F# and B7/A are inversions of the chord. B7sus4 is identical with Esus4/B and Asus2/B.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the B7 chord consists of are B, D#, F#, A.
To get B9 add C#.
To get Bmaj7 replace A with A#.


1st inversion: B7/D# (means that D# is the bass note).
2nd inversion: B7/F# (means that F# is the bass note).
3rd inversion: B7/A (means that A is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

B7/C#: X41202
B7/E: 001200
B7/G#: 464445

Alternative chord names

B7/E is identical with B11/E.
B7/G# is identical with B13/G#.


B7 (no3) is a B dominant 7th with no third (D#).
B7 (no5) is a B dominant 7th with no fifth (F#).

Written in tab format (main version in open position)

- 2 -
- 0 -
- 2 -
- 1 -
- 2 -
- - -

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