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B Major

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From your perspective, as you look down at the fretboard:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a B Major chord on the guitar

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

If you’re flexible enough, some players prefer to play this chord with two barres—one with your first finger, and one with your third or fourth finger:

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It’s really a matter of preference—do what works for you.

THEORY

B Major is a major triad, built up of the root, the major third, and the perfect fifth:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard

BF#BD#F

Here’s how you might play the same chord on the piano:

HOW IT’S USED

The most common progression you’ll likely see with B Major is going from B, to E, to F#, or I, IV, V.

B
E
F#

Bad Reputation, by Joan Jett, is a great example. Just make sure to play it loud:

I don’t give a damn about my reputation B E F# B

Adding in the minor six chord (G#m), you have the classic `I-V-iv-IV` pattern:

B
F#
G#m
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E

As heard in I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz:

Well you Bdone done me and you bet I felt it F#I tried to be chill but you’re so hot I melted
I G#mfell right through the cracks. And now I’m Etrying to get back

SEE ALSO

Other common chords in the key of B Major:

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F# Major
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E Major
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G# Minor
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D# Minor