B Major Chord – 3 Easy Ways To Play

in Guitar Chords | 22 comments


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.


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.



  • 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.

I’d love to know how you enjoyed this lesson. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you’re doing.

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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.


  1. can you send a chord book to me via email

    roger luttrull

    October 23, 2013

  2. THIS HELPED ME SO MUCH!! Ive wanted to be able to play a b for years!!!


    January 3, 2016

    • I’m glad to hear that Karleigh. – Tomas


      January 13, 2016

  3. Your lesson was quite awesome ! I’m just a beginner and I’ve been able to learn the basics from your site , very well. 🙂

    Alan Chacko

    January 3, 2016

    • Glad I could help Alan. – Tomas


      January 13, 2016

  4. It helped me . Thanks a lot

    Rudro Hasan

    February 15, 2016

    • Glad to hear that Rudro. – Tomas


      February 19, 2016

  5. Thanks…thanks lot…


    February 28, 2016

    • You’re welcome Sanjee. – Tomas


      March 16, 2016

  6. THANK. YOU.
    My wrist has been hurting SO MUCH trying to fit three fingers in one bar and then cover an entire bar somewhere else with just one finger. THANK YOU FOR FORM 3. My 3rd finger feels like a contortionist but the sound is so much better and my wrist doesn’t hurt anymore


    April 22, 2016

    • You’re very welcome Leo. I’m happy you found this lesson useful. -Tomas


      April 26, 2016

  7. Thanks Tomas, you’ve explained and demonstrated this really well. I’m a beginner and you have made this chord possible. Now to practice. Happy day to you.


    June 16, 2016

    • Thanks Maggie. – Tomas


      July 1, 2016

  8. Helped me big time, was struggling with the B cord for 3 days in a row until I came across this site. Thankyou


    July 8, 2016

    • You’re welcome Liz. Glad I could help.


      September 13, 2016

  9. Can’t wait to give this a shot. I thought I was the only rookie struggling with the b chord. I have a feeling I’ll be looking up your lessons often to help tweak my progress.


    February 2, 2017

    • You are definitely not the only one. Thanks for commenting. -Tomas


      February 11, 2017

  10. Sir, I can play 1st form very easily. But cannot play 2nd and third form. In the 3rd form I feel like my 3rd finger is going to break. I feel that 2nd and 3rd form sound better than the first one since the bass string is also involved. What can I do to play the 2nd and 3rd form with ease.

    Thank You.

    Yashwant Dhole

    March 10, 2017

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to post these awesome tutorials and tips!!!! It’s amazing….I pray extra blessings on your life, because you give the advise that you know to others who need it. I’m enjoying your YouTube videos, which lead me to your webpage and also your Facebook link. I’m so excited that I found your information. I’m taking notes and I know your help will benefit my playing. Keep up the selfless attitude in helping others. Smiles to you!!

    Connie Ezzell

    March 26, 2017

    • Thank you Connie for your kind words. – Tomas


      April 12, 2017

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