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Bb Minor

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From your perspective:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a Bb Minor chord on the guitar

  1. Make a barre with your first finger on the first fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the second string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the fourth string.
  4. Put your fourth finger on the third fret of the third string.
  5. Strum only the highest five strings.

THEORY

Bb Minor is a minor triad, three notes stacked on top of one another. The root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth:

In addition to being the root of Bb Minor, it is also the vi chord of Db Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard in this version of Bb Minor:

BbFBbDbF

HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter Bbm as the vi chord of Db Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

Db
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Ab
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Bbm
Gb

In the key of Bb Minor itself, with a little respelling, those chords become the III, VII, i, and VI. You might see them arranged like so:

Bbm
Gb
Db
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Ab
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Let’s get rid of those major chords, though. Moving from the diminished ii°, to the v, and back to the i:

Cdim7
Fm
Bbm

You can also play the dimished chord as ‘half-diminished’ seventh—a little gentler:

Cm7b5
Fm
Bbm

You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Bbm
Ebm
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Ab
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SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Bbm in the key of Db Major:

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Db Major
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Ab Major

More important chords in the key of Bb Minor:

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Gb Major
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Eb Minor
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F Minor
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C Minor