The B minor chord is one of the most common and popular chords on the guitar. It is probably the most popular bar chord, and usually the first bar chord that guitarists learn. This is largely because the B minor chord is found in common keys, such as G and D.

The B minor chord contains the note B (root note) which can be played on the open string (2nd string), but there are not really any practical ways of playing the Bm chord as an open chord.

Some Quick Bm Chord Theory

  • The B minor chord contains the notes B, D and F#.
  • The B minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the B Major scale.
  • The B minor chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • B minor is the relative minor of C Major.
  • B minor is the first chord in the key of B minor. The seven chords in the key of B minor are: Bm, C# diminished, D+, Em, F#, G, A# diminished

10 Ways To Play The B Minor Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Bm, here they are.

B Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading