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B Guitar Chord

The B Major chord (or simply B chord) is a difficult chord for beginners and may take a while to master. One of the main issues that new guitarist’s face is stretching their fingers into the position seen on Diagram 1a and instead uses the position seen on Diagram 1b.

Playing Tips

  • When playing a Barred Chord on your guitar ensure enough pressure is applied with the index finger to avoid muted strings.
  • Place your fingers as close to the fret as possible to ensure a clean consistent sound.
  • Keep practicing the guitar chord within different progressions to improve flexibility and muscle memory.

B Major Guitar Chord Diagrams

Diagram 1

Notice that several strings are pressed with the index finger. This is known as a Barred Chord since multiple strings are barred with one finger along the guitar's fretboard.


B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 1a

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 1b

Diagram 2

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 2

Diagram 3

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 3

Diagram 4

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 4

B Power Chords

A power chord (AKA fifth chord) is a guitar chord that is made up of the root note (in this case B Major) of the chord and the fifth interval. Power chords are played on the guitar's bottom (thickest) strings and are used to intensify distortion on electric guitars.

Below are guitar chord diagrams showing how to play the B Power Chord.

Diagram 5

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 5

Diagram 6

B Major Guitar Chord Diagram 6

Terminology (Guitar Context)

Guitar Chord – A collection of notes that are mostly strummed at one time

Barred Chord – A chord that has multiple strings pressed by a single finger

Fret – The raised section on the Fretboard of a guitar

Fretboard – AKA Fingerboard – A long strip that sits on the neck of the guitar

Progression – A series of chords

Muscle Memory – When a movement is repeated over a period of time muscle memory is created. This allows the movement to be repeated without conscious effort.