B major chord

B major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.
More B chord categories: Bm | B7 | Bmaj7| Bm7


B

  • B chord diagram

B

  • B with capo chord diagram

B barre 1st

  • B barre chord diagram

B barre 2nd

  • B barre chord diagram

Alternative shapes and voicings

B

  • B chord diagram

B

  • B chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

B - F# - E - B

Chords that sounds good together with B major

The primary chords that sound good to combine with B in chord progressions are: C#m, D#m, E, F#, G#m.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow B major in progressions:
› A
› E
› F#
› Eb7

Comments

B (XX4442) is more correctly named Bm/F# since the bass note is F#. This is nevertheless a good choice if you want to play B major in a basic form. The alternative shape (XXX442) is theoretically correct, but include only three strings which not may produce the wanted sound.
The second diagram show the chord played with a capo on 2nd fret.

Finger position (B chord)

Index (1st) finger on 1st (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Middle (2nd) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 4th fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 3rd (thinnest) string, 4th fret.
Little (4th) finger on 2nd (thinnest) string, 4th fret.

Theory of the B chord

The notes that a B chord consists of are B, D#, F#. The main presented version (XX4442) includes a root, a third and a doubled fifth.
To get B7 add A.
To get Bmaj7 add A#.
To get B6 add G#.

Alternatives with capo

A shape with a capo on 2nd fret (see picture).
G shape with a capo on 4th fret.
E shape with a capo on 7th fret.

Inversions

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

Written in tab format

- 2 -
- 4 -
- 4 -
- 4 -
- - -
- - -


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