How to Play Bm Chord: Everything You Need to Know

In popular music, the Bm chord is one of the most used. Moreover, B minor is one of the most popular barre chords for music played on electric and acoustic guitars.

But the barre version of this chord is not the only one you can play on your guitar. Today, we’ll show you many ways in which you can play Bm, from the easiest version to the barre chord version.

If you’d like to compose using this chord, the B minor chord goes amazingly well with chords such as A major, G major, and E minor. If you already know those chords, then you might want to add B minor to your repertoire of chords!

Easy B Minor Chord

This is one of the easiest ways to play this chord, and you do this by only playing the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st strings. Here we have for you an image that you can follow to play this easy version of the Bm chord that’s most commonly known as a triad with B as its root position:

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Alternative B Minor Triads

By playing these triads, you’ll be exploring some other shapes and note arrangements that the B minor chord has to offer. Including these in your repertoire of chords will give you a good sound versatility, because although they’re still B minor chords, some of these chords sound a little different from the natural standard Bm chord:

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Bm7 Chord

This is an amazing chord and will give you a beautiful sound that gets pretty close to the actual sound of the Bm chord. Since the standard B minor chord is a bit too hard to play, this chord can be used as a close substitute while you’re still learning how to play the standard version. Follow this image to play the chord:

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Standard B Minor Chord

To master this version of the B minor chord, you must be able to play barre chords, and as you may have heard, barre chords are a little hard to play even for intermediate guitarists. Here we have for you a brief explanation of how to play barre chords.

To play any barre chord, you’ll have to get comfortable pressing several strings with just one finger. To do this, you have to place the side of your index finger above those strings and press. It might sound muffled, but with practice, you’ll get to a place where you feel comfortable playing barre chords.

The standard B minor chord shape is played only by playing a barre chord, and your index finger is placed on the second fret. Here we have for you an image for you to follow as a guide to play this great chord:

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