B minor chord

B minor chord for guitar in basic form, with capo and as barre chords.

Diagram with fingerings

Bm / Bmin / Bmi / B- / B minor

Bm chord diagram with fingerings

Diagram with notes

Bm / Bmin / Bmi / B- / B minor

Bm chord diagram with notes

Alternative shapes


  • Bm chord diagram XX4432

Bm (capo 2)

  • Bm chord diagram capo

Bm barre 1st

  • Bm barre chord diagram 799777

Bm barre 2nd

  • Bm barre chord diagram X24432

Relevant chords


  • Bmadd4 chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

Bm - G - D

Chords that sound good together with B minor

The primary chords that sound good to combine with Am in chord progressions are: D, Em, F#m, G, A.
Secondary chords are among many others: Dmaj7, Em9, F#7, G6, A9.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow B minor in progressions:
› D
› F#m
› G
› A


Bm (XX4432) is more correctly named Bm/F# since the bass note is F#. This is nevertheless a good choice if you want to play B minor in first position.

Finger position (Bm chord)

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

Chord names

Bm is an abbreviation for B minor (a less common abbreviation is Bmin).

Alternative shapes with open strings

Chord versions in open position:

Bm: X20432
Bm/D: XX0432 / XX0402

Alternatives with capo

Am shape with a capo on 2nd fret (see picture).
Em shape with a capo on 7th fret.

Theory of the Bm chord

The notes that the Bm chord consists of are B, D, F#.
To get Bm7 add A.
To get Bm6 add G#.


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

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

Bm/C: X30432
Bm/C#: X40432
Bm/E: X20432

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Alternative chord names

Bm/C# is theoretically identical with Bmadd9/C#.
Bm/E is theoretically identical with Bmadd11/E.
Bm/G is theoretically identical with Gmaj7.
Bm/A is theoretically identical with D6/A.

Omissions (dyads)

Bm (no3) is a B minor with no third (D).
Bm (no5) is a B minor with no fifth (F#).

Written in tab format

- 2 -
- 3 -
- 4 -
- 4 -
- - -
- - -

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