How to Play Bm on Guitar (B minor)
Are you looking for an easy way to play Bm on guitar? Well, today I’ll teach you how to play Bm on guitar, and I’ll also teach you 4 easy Bm chord variations! Let’s get started!
The B minor Bar Chord
First up, we’re going to cover the B minor bar chord. If you want to learn how to play Bm on guitar, this is the place to start! If you can’t play this quite yet – don’t worry. We’ll cover the easier chords later. However, as a guitarist you’ll need to know how to play this chord!
To play the B minor bar chord, use your first finger to bar the top 5 strings on the second fret. Next, place your second finger on the B string on the third fret. Then, place your third finger on the D string on the fourth fret. Finally, place your fourth finger on the G string on the fourth fret. Now play the top five strings!
The First Easy Bm Chord Variation
Next up, we have our first easy Bm chord variation! Make this chord just like you would make the B minor bar chord. However, don’t use your first finger to bar the second fret. Instead, use your first finger to fret the high e string on the second fret. Now play the top four strings!
B minor Triad – Root Inversion
Did you know that it only takes 3 notes to make a chord? To make a B minor, you only need to play a B, a D, and an F#. These three notes create what is known as a “triad.” Our next chord is a B minor triad. It’s called the “root inversion” because the root note (B) is the lowest-frequency note in the chord.
To play a B minor triad root inversion, place your first finger on the second fret of the high e string. Next, place your second finger on the third fret of the B string. Finally, place your third finger on the fourth fret of the G string. Now play the top three strings!
B minor Triad – Second Inversion
Up next is the B minor triad second inversion. It’s called the second inversion because the third note of a B minor triad (known as the “perfect fifth” in this chord) is played in the bass. In other words, F# will be the lowest note in our chord. To play the B minor triad second inversion, place your first finger on the high e string on the tenth fret. Next, place your second finger on the B string on the eleventh fret. Finally, place your third finger on the G string on the twelfth fret. Now play the top three strings!
B minor Triad – First Inversion
The last chord we’ll cover today is known as the B minor triad first inversion. In this chord, the middle note of a B minor triad (also known as the “minor third”) is played in the bass. To make this chord, simply use your first finger to bar the top three strings on the seventh fret. Then, strum the top 3 strings!
Do You Want to be a Better Guitarist?
I have a challenge for you. You know how to play Bm on guitar now! But you also know that a B minor consists of a B, a D, and an F#. Here’s what I want you to do: Find every B, D, and F# on your guitar that you can. Now, find at LEAST one more way to make a B minor chord that wasn’t covered in this blog post. There are something like 50+ ways to play this chord, so don’t give up! If you can successfully complete this challenge, I promise you’re well on your way to learning to play the guitar!
One last thing!
There are so many ways to play this chord on a guitar – I want to know which one YOU found! Let me know in the comments below which chords you were able to come up with on your own! Sharing with the community is the best way to fast-track your growth because we can all learn from each other!