The B Minor Chord | Left Handed

Mastering the Bm chord requires a bit of practice, especially in mastering its barre formation, but it’s a rewarding addition to any guitarist’s skill set.

In this comprehensive guide, made for left-handed guitarists you will learn:

  • How to master three variations of the B minor chord
  • How the Bm chord is constructed
  • It’s function in every musical key

3 Ways to Play the B Minor Chord

Bm – Open position

B Minor Chord - A min Shape - Left Handed Version
  1. Finger Placement:
    • Barre the 1st – 5th strings at the 2nd fret with your index finger.
    • Place your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the B (2nd) string.
    • Place your middle finger on the 4th fret of the D (4th) string.
    • Place your pinky on the 4th fret of the G (3rd) string.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum the top 5 strings, omit the low E (6th string).

B Minor Chord – E Barre Shape

  1. Finger Placement:
    • Use your index finger to barre (press down) all the strings at the 7th fret.
    • Place your ring finger (3rd finger) on the 9th fret of the A (5th) string.
    • Place your pinky (4th finger) on the 9th fret of the D (4th) string.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum all six strings from the low E (6th) string down to the high E (1st) string.

B Minor Chord – Moveable Shape

  1. Finger Placement:
    • Barre the top three strings (1st – 3rd) at the 7th fret with your index (1st) finger.
    • Use your ring finger (3rd finger) to fret the D string (4th) at the 9th fret.
  2. Strumming
    • Strum the top 4 strings, from the D (4th) to the high E (1st) string.

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B Minor Chord – Theory

The B minor scale consists of the notes B, C#, D, E, F#, G, and A. We’ll focus on the 1st (root), 3rd, and 5th scale degrees to form the chord:

Scale DegreeNote in B Minor ScaleNote in B Minor ChordInterval from Root (A)Role in Chord
1stBBRootRoot
2ndC#
3rdDDMinor third (3 half steps)Minor Third
4thE
5thF#F#Perfect fifth (7 half steps)Perfect Fifth
6thG
7thA

Scale Degree: The position of the note in the B natural minor scale
Note in B Minor Scale: The note at each scale degree.
Note in B Minor Chord: The notes used to form the B minor chord.
Interval from Root (B): The distance from the root note (B) to each note in the chord.
Role in Chord: Describes how each note functions in the chord.

The B minor chord is formed by combining the 1st, 3rd, and 5th degrees of the B natural minor scale (B, D, and F#). The interval from the root B to the third D is a minor third, and from the root B to the fifth F# is a perfect fifth. This combination of intervals gives the B minor chord its distinctive sound.

The Role of B Minor – Chord Function

KeyRole of B MinorChord Function
D MajorBm (6th chord)Submediant
A MajorBm (2nd chord)Supertonic
G MajorBm (3rd chord)Mediant
E MinorBm (5th chord)Dominant
B MinorBm (1st chord)Tonic
F# MinorBm (4th chord)Subdominant
Other KeysNot present
  • Key: The musical key.
  • Role of B Minor: Indicates the position of the B minor chord within the key (if present).
  • Chord Function: Describes the musical role of the B minor chord in that key (e.g., Tonic, Subdominant, etc.).
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