Welcome to the most recent installation of Chord by Chord, a series developed to construct your understanding of harmony and the fretboard. In the last lesson we discussed different E significant voicings, and this time I’ll teach another significant chord, B.

Keep in mind that a significant triad is made up of 3 notes: the root, the significant third, and the 5th. Example 1 reveals the notes in a B major chord: B, D #, and F#. (Note that there are five sharps in the key of B significant: F#, C#, and G #, D #, and A #.).

A B chord isn’t as easy to play as an open voicing like C, G, or D, however the bright side is that you can take any A shape and move it up two worries to get a B chord. For instance, you may recognize Example 2a as an open A chord, played 2 worries greater. Example 2b gives an alternate fingering, and Example 2c has yet another fingering, with the fifth (F#) as the most affordable note– beneficial for when you’re playing with other instruments that are covering the low end.

Example 3a reveals a B barre chord dipped into the seventh fret. You could likewise play this chord by covering your thumb around the neck to stress the most affordable note, as displayed in Example 3b. This fingering eliminates the requirement for a full barre. For some extra compact B significant voicings, take a look at Examples 4 and 5.

You need to now understand a lot of B significant voicings across the fretboard. One tune that makes fantastic usage of a B chord (along with last lesson’s E chord) is “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen. In the next lesson I’ll reveal you how to transition from the I (A) to the V (E) in the secret of A major.