I can still remember when I was learning to play the guitar that the Bm guitar chord was one of the more stubborn obstacles I had to overcome. I had mastered all the other open chords, but that Bm guitar chord was a really important chord that I just didn’t have a good open position for!
As such, it was really the first chord that forced me into learning bar chords, and it is a good thing it did. I still remember working on that chord for a couple weeks, and finally overcoming it to the point that it became easy enough to play wherever I wanted.
Now, playing bar chords is second nature to me, however you have to start somewhere right? Having your guitar chords down pat will also do wonders for your lead playing, even if you can’t see the connection right now.
The thing with B minor is that it is really quite an important chord in a number of the most popular keys: G, D, A, to name a few.
Colin put together this great video on some of the issues around the Bm guitar chord – including a couple ways to ‘cheat’ if you want by using fewer strings. Ultimately though, I recommend working on that full bar chord version as it not only sounds the fullest, but will pave the way for all your other bar chords as well.
If you’ve been struggling to get that Bm guitar chord down pat, this is the lesson for you.
Mastering the Bm Guitar Chord:
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If you’ve got any other tips for playing the Bm guitar chord that weren’t covered in here, tell us about them in the comments below!