How to Play the B Chord on Guitar (4 Ways)

How to Play the B Chord on Guitar (4 Ways)

The B chord is a very common, yet complicated, chord to play on guitar. The B chord, or B Major chord, contains the notes B, D#, and F#, and is the first chord in the key of B, which contains the following chords: B, C#m, D#m, E, F#, G#m, A# diminished. 

There are a number of ways to play the B chord. It is often played on the guitar as a barre chord, and is often hard for beginners to master. There are other versions, though, that don’t require a barre. 

Let’s take a look at some common ways of playing the B chord.

B chord in the second position

Index finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string (A string)

Middle finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string (D string)

Ring finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string (G string)

Pinky on the 4th fret of the 2nd string (B string)

Strum from the A string down

B chord, 2nd position.
B chord in the 2nd position

B chord in the 7th position

Index finger on the 7th fret of the 6th string (low E string)

Index finger on the 7th fret of the 2nd string (B string)

Index finger on the 7th fret of the 1st string (E string)

Middle finger on the 8th fret of the 3rd string (G string)

Ring finger on the 9th fret of the 5th string (A string)

Pinky on the 9th fret of the 4th string (D string)

Strum all 6 strings

B chord in the 7th position chord chart.
B chord in the 7th position

B chord in the 2nd position, version 2

Index finger on the 2nd fret of the 1st string (E string)

Middle finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string (D string)

Ring finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string (G string)

Pinky on the 4th fret of the 2nd string (B string)

Strum from the D string down. 

chord chart for B chord in the 2nd position, version 2.
B chord 2nd position, version 2

3-finger B chord (Bsus4 chord)

Index finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string (A string)

Ring finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string (D string)

Pinky on the 4th fret of the 3rd string (G string)

Strum from the A string down. 

Chord chart for Bsus4 chord (3-finger B chord).
Bsus4 chord (3-finger B chord)

Hopefully this tutorial on the B chord for guitar was helpful, and you found a version that you can play on your skill level. 

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