How to Play Bb Minor Chord: From Simple to Barre

Depending on which perspective you’d like to see it, the Bb minor chord can also be called the A# minor chord but is most commonly known as Bb. Indie, rock, and blues are some of the genres that have a strong presence of this chord. We encourage you to check the different ways in which you could play this chord since it’s a great addition to your repertoire of chords!

Let’s talk a bit about music theory first. Chords that go pretty well with the Bb minor chord are C diminished, Db+, Ebm, F, Gb, and A diminished, which belong to the key of Bb minor. If you’d like to use different chords, you could try using the chords that belong to the keys of F minor, Eb minor, Gb major, and Ab minor.

Since the standard Bb minor chord is a barre chord, it could be challenging for beginner guitar players, but know that with some practice, anyone can learn how to play this chord. Nevertheless, here we’ll give you different options that you can try while you’re still learning to play the standard Bb minor chord!

Easy Bb Minor Chord Shape

This chord shape that we have for you here is a simplified version of the standard Bbm chord, but it will be helpful for you if you’d like to get as close to the sound of the standard version as possible. Moreover, it will help you train your fingers to play the standard version. Follow the next image to learn how to play it:

Bb Minor Chord

Bb Minor Triads Chord Shapes

Bb minor triads are the easiest shapes that you can try to play a proper Bb minor chord. Also, exploring these different shapes along the fretboard of your guitar will make you a more versatile player, as each of these chord shapes has a unique tone even though they all play the same chord. Let’s check some of the triads that you can try right now on your guitar:

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Standard Bb Minor Chord Shape

The standard Bbm chord shape consists of a barre chord in which you play every string. This might sound overwhelming, but with some practice, you’ll be strumming this chord with no problem. We recommend you learn the previous shapes before trying this one.

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 standard Bbm chord shape:

Bb Minor Chord

Bb Minor Barre Chord Shape

There’s another way in which you could play this as a barre chord, it is on the same level as the standard shape but is equally useful. We recommend you learn the standard version first since you don’t have to worry about avoiding playing any strings.

Here you’ll have to either mute or control your hand to avoid strumming the 6th string. Follow the next image to learn how to play this chord:

Bb Minor Chord


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