How to Play the B-Minor Chord on Guitar

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The Basic B-Minor Chord Shape

bminor chord on guitar
a Bminor chord with root on the fifth string.

A full B-Minor chord (sometimes written without the space as Bminor) contains three distinct notes (some of which are repeated on guitar in different octaves) - B, D, and F#. Most chord shapes include all three of these notes, although technically the F# can be omitted.

The shape shown above is generally the first B-Minor chord guitarists learn. It is a barre chord - meaning you use one finger to hold down more than one string.

To play this B-Minor chord shape:

  • Take your first finger, and lay it across strings five through one on the second fret
  • Place your third (ring) finger on the fourth fret of the fourth string
  • Place your fourth (pinky) finger on the fourth fret of the third string
  • Place your second (middle) finger on the third fret of the second string
  • Strum the guitar chord, making sure you don't play the sixth string

Your first finger needs to hold down the second fret of both the fifth and first strings - this will be a challenge at first. If you're having a hard time getting strings five or one to ring out clearly, try "rolling back" your first finger slightly, so the knuckle on your first finger is pointing a little bit more towards the nut. Try holding down the chord shape and playing through each string one at a time, ensuring that all strings are ringing clearly.

Practicing the B-​Minor Chord

Probably the best way to get comfortable playing this chord is to learn a few songs that use B minor. Follow the links below to get all the info you need to begin playing.

"Hotel California" - this Eagles song is in the key of B minor, so this will give you lots of practice.

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An Easier Bminor Chord Shape

easy b minor chord on guitar

If you have tried the basic B minor barre chord, but are having a hard time getting it to sound okay, you can cheat a little and play this version. By avoiding the fifth string, you negate the need to barre the second fret entirely.

To play this B-Minor chord shape:

  • Place your third (ring) finger on the fourth fret of the fourth string
  • Place your fourth (pinky) finger on the fourth fret of the third string
  • Place your second (middle) finger on the third fret of the second string
  • Place your first (index) finger on the second fret of the first string
  • Strum the guitar chord, making sure you don't play the sixth or fifth string