B Major Chord – 3 Easy Ways To Play
DO YOU NEED THE B MAJOR CHORD?
I remember in the first few years of playing guitar I avoided any song that had the B chord. After a while and quite a collection of songs that I wanted to learn but was avoiding. You won’t have to do that. This lesson will allow even a brand-new beginner to play any song with a B chord.
WHICH B CHORD GUITAR FINGER POSITION?
If you are brand-new beginner I recommend you stick with the first B chord guitar finger position which is fairly easy on guitar. It’s not only the easiest but also really does sound good. When you practice this form of the B major chord you’ll also be preparing yourself for other chords in the future. All three forms of the B chord are what we call movable chords. It means that you can move the B chord up and down the guitar neck and make new chords. For example, by moving the chord up one fret it now becomes a C chord. What makes it a movable chord? It is because you are fingering all the notes that you are playing. None of the strings are left open.
HERE'S HOW TO PRACTICE THE B CHORD:
- Take a B chord guitar finger position form that you want to work on. Start with just one.
- Slowly finger the chord, then take all your fingers off again and start over.
- Do this a dozen times or more. If your hand begins to feel tense shake it out and relax.
- Now practice playing the chord and moving to another chord. To start with I recommend playing the A major chord. Strum four times on the B chord, and then strum four times on the A chord.
- Now try practicing with a slow pulse and practice changing without slowing down or pausing.
- When you can do this fairly well try doing it with a metronome at a slow tempo.
- Finally, add a third chord and repeat the process. Little by little pick up the tempo and practice changing more quickly.
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Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when my 9 year old daughter asked me to teach her guitar.
Since then he's been helping thousands of students experience the joy of making music both through teaching or through his trained instructors. When he's not making guitar instruction videos he's creating beautiful music and currently has seven CDs of beautiful Contemporary Instrumental World Music including the latest top ten charting Beauty and Fire.