B chord inversions

B/D# and B/F# are the first and second inversions of the B major. This means that the bass tone is shifting from B to D sharp or F sharp. Both these chords are also referred to as slash chords.


B/D#

  • B/D# chord diagram

B/F#

  • B/F# chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

C#m - B/D# - E
B - B/F# - E

Theory of the B/D# and B/F# chords

Both chords consist of the notes B, D#, F#. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. D# is the bass note in the first inversion and F# is the bass note in the second inversion.

A comparison between the main B major and the two inversions can be seen below.

Chord construction

B  x - B - F# - B - D# - F#
B/D#  x - x - D# - B - D# - F#
B/F#  F# - B - F# - B - D# - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

B  B - D# - F#
B/D#  D# - F# - B
B/F#  F# - B - D#
Only the order of notes differs
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