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How to play B-minor chord (Bm)
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How to play B-minor chord on guitar
In this quick practice tip, I’ll show you how to play the dreaded B minor chord. B minor is one of the first barre chords you’ll run into – which can be difficult to learn. I’ll walk you through it step by step, showing you how to play it with and without barring your index finger. This is a fantastic “first” barre chord to learn, as it is far easier than playing F. Best of all, learning B minor will help you build the finger muscles you’ll need to finally learn F too :)
Here’s the quick diagram, with finger positions noted. See my video for more detail!
E –––2––– <-- left index finger (barred) B –––3––– <-- left middle finger G –––4––– <-- left pinky finger D –––4––– <-- left ring finger A –––2––– <-- left index finger (barred) E ––––––– Bm
Note about a minor mistake…
NOTE: From 1:25 to 2:23, I forgot to update the chord graphic I have on the screen. This is the part where I talk about putting your index finger down to barre the 2nd fret. If you’re viewing on a large screen (desktop or laptop), you’ll see the YouTube annotations I added to semi-correct this. On mobile, though, you won’t see this – so just be aware. I do show the proper chart at the beginning and end of the video (x24432).
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