Tips For Playing The Bm Guitar Chord

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!


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margaret - August 17, 2011 Reply

great – will give that a go using the side of my finger and using the thumb at the back to kind of grip it – finding bar chords very difficult – so thanks for the help
kind regards

Jesse James - August 30, 2011 Reply

This is one chord I really battle with and it is so great to have it explained in this way. So it gives me hope in conquering this one. Also, the bar chords I struggle with, and this in itself is helpful to me. Years ago the bar chords were pretty good for me, but after putting it away for a few years the fingers have gotten pretty rusty. But I will get there.
Thank you for all your help.

Kimberly Womack - November 26, 2011 Reply

Self-teaching myself how to play and this is one I have really struggled with, even looking other videos I struggled but this video just made it click and i was playing it well not even half way thru the video.

pete - August 2, 2012 Reply

I can play but it seems i can’t remember it for more than a week at a time.  Thanks for explaining what it actually is, that may help!

Zac - October 7, 2012 Reply

This chord makes my fingers bleed

norman - April 1, 2015 Reply

Colin, I like your style of teaching. Was watching the youtube video on Barre chords. I was particularly interest in the Hm chord which I found out is a Bm chord. The video was helpful. Trying to teach myself. I’m old but have a good practice regimen. Thanks

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