The B major chord can be difficult to play for some beginner and intermediate guitar students. While most seem to pick up the B minor chord easily enough, producing a good sounding B major chord can be quite a different story.
In this free guitar lesson video I provide some tips for playing the B major chord. Some might call them “chord cheats”, or “chord tricks”, but they are actual chord fingerings. So if you’re having trouble playing this chord, watch the video to get some free guitar tips on how to make it a little easier.
Using a Movable B Major Chord Triad Shape
One of the first things to realize about the B major chord is that it can be played in various positions on the fretboard with different shapes and fingerings. This is true of all chords. Below are just a few examples for you to examine…
The B major barre chord is played at the 2nd fret. This is one of the more difficult shapes to play because you need to apply a lot of pressure to the strings in order to get a decent sound.
The B major triad chord shape is played at the 4th fret. It uses the same shape and strings as the A major chord that is played on the 2nd fret.
Notice the letter a beneath the third string of the A major triad diagram on the left. This is the note that identifies the chord’s name . Notice the letter b beneath the third string of the B major triad above. Likewise, this note identifies that chord’s name.
- Play an A major chord at the 2nd fret
- Continue holding the shape and slide up to the 4th fret
- Play a B major triad by strumming across the 4th, 3rd & 2nd strings
TIP: Do Not Strum the strings that are marked with an x at the top of the chord chart.
The first string can also be added to the triad shape. All you have to do is use the fingering shown in this chord chart. Notice the numbers underneath the diagram . They represent your fingers.
There are many other chord shapes and triads. Learning how to identify every tone on the fretboard will help you master them.