How to play B Minor on the Guitar (Open Position)

B Minor can be a tough chord to learn! When I first was started practicing it, most books and websites showed the chord using the full barre form.  However, this can be difficult for a beginner! My suggestion is to start with an easier version of B Minor!


How to play a B Minor chord:
  • Place Your Left Index Finger on the 1st String, 2nd Fret
  • Place Your Left Middle Finger on the 2nd String, 3rd Fret
  • Place Your Left Ring Finger on the 4th String, 4th Fret
  • Place Your Left Pinky Finger on the 3rd String, 4th Fret
  • Strings 6 and 5 are not used in this B Minor Chord

Guitar chords you can play that go well with B Minor:
G Major, A Minor, C Major, D Major, and E Minor

Once you feel comfortable with this easier version of B Minor, then try moving up to a barre version of the chord, where your index finger goes across strings 1 through 5. The remaining middle, ring and pinky fingers stay in the same location as above. It will take some time to have this barre chord sound "clean", but it will be worth the effort!

As you progress with barre chords, you will be able to open up the rest of the guitar neck and unlock a whole new set of skills and possibilities!

How are you doing with barre chords? Did you find it easy or difficult to learn?  Please share your experiences with our readers!   

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