How to Play Bb Major Chord: A Worthwhile Challenge

The Bb major chord, also known as A# major, is fairly common in popular music since it belongs to the key of F major, one of the most universal keys since the ‘80s. This chord, even though it gives out a positive sound that could be associated with happiness, can be played with and mixed with other chords to make it sound melancholic. This chord is mostly used in genres such as rock, folk, and indie!

If you’d like to compose using this chord, you could try using chords such as Cm, Dm, Eb, F, Gm, and A diminished, which are all chords that belong to the key of Bb major. But you don’t have to get stuck in those chords, since you can also try using chords from the keys of F major, G minor, C minor, and D minor!

The Bb major chord isn’t an easy chord to play, it has an unusual digitation that could be challenging for some guitar players. Here we’ll show you many options that you can try while you’re learning how to play the Bb major standard chord shape!

Without further ado, let’s check some of the Bb major chord shapes from the easiest to the most challenging ones!

Easy Bb Major Chord Shape

Since the Bb major chord is pretty challenging, we have a useful chord shape that will help you play this chord more easily. This chord shape is the root position of the Bb major triads; we’ll check the rest in the next section. Follow the next image to learn how to play the easy version of this chord:

Bb Major Chord

Bb Major Triad Chord Shapes

Now that you know the first triad that Bb major has for us, it’s time for you to learn the rest of the triads that you could use to play the Bb major chord. It would be recommended that you learn each of these very well. Not only will they help you play the Bb major chord more easily, but they’ll give you a broader repertoire of sounds that play the same chord. Let’s check some of the Bb major triads that you can play right now:

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Standard Bb Major Chord Shape

Playing this chord will require you to stretch your hand a little bit more than usual. Therefore, it’s recommended to learn the previous chord shapes. This shape might be challenging for some beginner players, but with a few hours of practice, you’ll be strumming this chord! Follow the next image to learn how to play the standard Bb major chord shape:

Bb Major Chord

Bb Major Barre Chord Shapes

If you’d like to add another level of difficulty, you could try playing the barre chord versions of Bb major! They’re as challenging as the standard version, and if you got that already, you should have no problem learning how to play these chord shapes! Remember that these shapes are challenging, and you might not play them correctly on your first try.

We recommend you follow these tips to get your hand used to playing barre chords:

  • Press with the side of your index finger the whole set of strings on the first frets. For now, just use that finger until you produce a good sound out of all the strings.
  • As soon as you can play all the notes with your index finger pressing them, you can proceed to place the other fingers where they belong to play the chord.
  • Practice the chord as much as you can. You can do that by pressing and releasing the strings while following the shape.

Follow the next image to learn how to play the Bb major barre chord:

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