B major chord

B major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.

Diagram with fingerings

B / BM / Bmaj / B major

B chord diagram with fingerings

Diagram with notes

B / BM / Bmaj / B major

B chord diagram with notes

Alternative shapes

B barre 1st

  • B barre chord diagram 799877

B barre 2nd

  • B barre chord diagram X24442

B (capo 2)

  • B with capo chord diagram

Alternative shapes and voicings


  • B chord diagram


  • B chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

B - F# - E - B

Chords that sound 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#
› D#7


B (XX4442) is more correctly named B/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 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 the 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.


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

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

B/C#: X44444
B/E: 024442
B/A#: X1444X

Alternative chord names

B/C# is theoretically identical with C#9sus4.
B/E is theoretically identical with Badd11/E.
B/A# is theoretically identical with Bmaj7/A#.
B(no3) is theoretically identical with B5.

Written in tab format

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

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