Welcome to the current installment of Chord by Chord, a series developed to construct your understanding of consistency and the fretboard. In the last lesson, I taught you the C# m chord, and this time I’ll reveal you another new small type, Bm.

Learn 6 Ways to Play B Minor | Chord by Chord

As I have actually explained in previous lessons, a minor triad has three notes– the root, the minor 3rd, and the 5th. The notes in a B small chord are B, D, and F#, as displayed in Example 1. like C# m and F# m, Bm is normally played as a barre chord. Example 2a reveals the most affordable one on the fretboard, in second position, and Example 2b is a three-note voicing stemmed from it. These chords are moveable– shift any of them up two stresses, for instance, to get a C# m chord.

Example 3a shows a B minor barre chord in seventh position. Bear in mind that if you want, you can play this voicing utilizing simply the top or bottom four strings. As displayed in Example 3b, you can likewise utilize a various fingering, with your thumb stressing the least expensive note and the 5th string gotten rid of. Example 4 shows a four-note voicing greater up the neck, with the small third (D) as the most affordable note. Considered that it’s unwise to play barre chords around the 14th fret on many acoustic guitars, Example 5 depicts a three-note voicing in that position.

The Result

Now you need to know a variety of methods to play Bm on the fretboard. One tune that utilizes this chord is “Collapse the Light Into Earth” by Porcupine Tree. Practice these and the previous couple of small chords up until next lesson, when the focus moves back to chord developments.