How B Chord Guitar Is Played

Posted by Mike Schumacher

All right, let’s talk about some chords! There are five notes that make up every chord you play in music. These notes are called the roots of the chord. The root is what most people think of when they hear the word “chord.”

The second note is referred to as the third (or sometimes the mediant) because it lies half-way between the first and second notes. The third note is then raised by one tone (a whole step or double drop of a scale), which creates the fifth (the highest) degree of the tonal ladder.

So if we take our C major chord as an example, the root would be C, the third would be E, and the fifth would be G. To connect all these notes into one sound, you have to mix them together at different ratios. This process is known as modulation.

By using modulations, your song can easily transition from one area to another. For instance, after you have played a few notes of a chord, you could switch the root, the third, or both and create a new chord. Your song could also go through several such transitions quickly before moving onto something else.

This article will focus mostly on thirds, but there are two other common types of chords that use similar concepts. Check out our article here for more information on quintuplets and suspended chords.

Learn 5 B chord positions

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The second position for the b chord is known as the first inversion, or sometimes called the major proximal. This version starts with the index finger at the third fret, then moves down to the second fret, followed by the middle, pinky, and ring fingers.

This position can be used for many songs that use either a verse-chorus structure or an ABA form.

Learn to use your index fingers and thumbs to play B chords

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The second most common way to learn how to play guitar is by learning how to use your index finger and thumb to play each chord. This method works great for playing easy songs that contain mostly major or minor chord structures.

By using this technique, you only need one hand to play every single chord in a song! You can start practicing with just a simple chord structure such as the first chord of a song.

To play this basic chord, you simply place your index finger onto the third string (usually referred to as the root) and then slide your middle finger up the neck until it touches the top of the ring fingernail. Your thumb goes under the other two fingers to complete the chord.

After these three notes are all set, you pull off the bottom edge of the ring nail away from the fretboard to lower the pitch. When the note has completely lowered, push down on the string slightly with your picking tool to mute the note.

Continue doing this process with the next chord until the whole song is completed.

Practice playing B chords

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The second most common chord in music is the B chord. A lot of songs use this as their main chord, or at least they’ll transition into it. It is also one of the hardest to learn when starting out with guitar!

The B chord can be considered a secondary dominant chord. This means that it does not directly lead back to another note, but instead moves onto the next note of the scale. In other words, the B chord transitions into an F natural.

By learning how to play these B chord shapes, you will begin to recognize them quickly. And since they are such a fundamental part of music, being able to identify them is a great start towards becoming a guitarist!

There are two popular ways to play this B chord. One uses the index finger and the other uses the middle finger.

Use B chords in songs

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Many artists use their second chord, the b-chord, in many of their songs.

Create a B chord chart

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A beginner guitar song is always easy to recognize because it contains a simple bass line and a ton of chords being played as accompaniment. The chord progression used in most songs follows a pattern that we call the music box sequence or harmonic rhythm.

This article will go through all the steps needed to create your own basic bass lines and learn how to play some easy guitar licks using this method! If you’re already familiar with the basics, you can quickly move onto more advanced techniques such as alternate picking and playing double stops.

Music theory teaches us that every time the bass drops down a half step (called a whole tone drop), a new chord comes into place called a b chord. This makes sense since we are referring to a “B” version of the original chord structure!

The b chord is one flat note lower than the root of the original chord. In our case, the first Bass Drop creates a Bb major chord which then becomes the basis for our second guitar lick.

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Now let’s get started by creating our own basic bass line and learning how to play the b chorus guitar riff!

Step 1: Start by tuning your guitar to standard pitch EADGBE

Tune up your guitar using the open strings technique. Once everything sounds good, slowly tighten the low end until only a few notes remain soft.

Find your inner B chord

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The second major chord in the guitar key of A is called the B chord. It’s also known as the Dorian mode major third, or just plain old major third.

The reason it gets its own special name is because it sounds very similar to the other two chords we have covered so far!

The A minor chord we looked at earlier uses the notes G-B-D, which are all whole steps (one tone) up from the ones that make up the B chord. This creates a nice smooth transition when you move into the next note in the scale.

Likewise, the Emaj7 chord we studied earlier has the notes E–G–B – this time a half step down from the B chord, making it feel like it drops off the ladder a bit before moving onto the next note.

This makes the B chord sound less solid than the others, and instead gives it a feeling of floating away.

It is important to know how to play this chord though, as musicians use it frequently for songs and scales.

Know the differences between B and C chords

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The next level of chord progressions is adding an additional degree, or step, to your song. These are known as tertiary chords. There are two types of tertiary chords you can use in music- either a B chord followed by a C chord, or a C chord followed by a B chord.

The first type is using the second chord as the root position of the new key. In other words, if your starting pitch was A, then the B chord would be at D and the C chord would be at A. This method is typically referred to as a parallel major mode.

The second type uses the third note of the original chord as the new root. For example, if your starting tone was the F sharp, then the B chord would be at G and the C chord would be at F sharp. This method is typically called a dominant seventh (or sometimes tritone) resolution.

Mix and match B chords

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The first chord you learn in any position to play guitar is usually the bass or root chord. This chord goes by many different names depending on what key your song is in, but typically it’s called the base or tonic chord.

The second chord that beginner guitarists often study is the fifth interval – this is when you use your index finger to hit either a middle note (usually A) or ring tone (E) as your raised string. An example of a fifth chord would be E major, which is made up of the roots, third, and fifth notes of the scale. These three notes make up the root, third, and fifth of the E major chord.

Once these two chords are mastered, then other people’s favorite chord shapes can be mixed and matched! For instance, the famous power chord — also known as the rock chord — is just a stacked version of the fifth chord. It’s not until advanced musicians add trills and vibrato to the sound that most people really recognize it for what it is: the natural harmonic minor seventh chord.

Power chords have become very popular over the past few decades due to their percussive quality and catchy rhythm.

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