B Major (Barre Chord)

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Below is an illustration of the F Chord held at the 1st fret – to create the B you would move the above shape and the shape below so that the 1st finger is on the 7th fret.

 

 

B minor chord: Bm

 

The B minor Barre is 2nd fret.

This means that your 1st finger should be flat across all the strings at the 2nd fret whilst your thumb should be around halfway down the back of the neck of the guitar.

This will allow you to fret the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers and increase your ability to bridge the strings.

Alternatives:

The X’s indicate that these strings are not played. Only strum on pick the strings that you fingers are holding down.

F Major Chord: The F Chord

Alternatives:

2nd version of ‘F‘ called the ‘F/E’ don’t play the bottom E string

3rd version don’t play the bottom E and the the A string

 

The above Barre chords show the being played on the 8th Fret.

There are two ways of playing this chord:

Version 1 uses the 2nd,3rd and 4th fingers to hold down an A shape whilst the 1st finger barres the strings like a capo.

Version 2 also barres the 1st finger across the strings but the 3rd now barres across the D, G and B strings – in most cases you’ll end up muting the top E string. This is to be expected.

In both cases you’ll have to mute the bottom E string or better still barre all the strings completely. See below.

A Major Chord: The A Chord

 

 

The A Major Barre is the ‘F’ Shape played on the 5th fret.

This means that your 1st finger should be flat across all the strings at the 5th fret whilst your thumb should be around halfway down the back of the neck of the guitar.

This will allow you to fret the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers and increase your ability to bridge the strings.

Cadd9

Version 2: If you have a chord progression that goes from C Major to Cadd9 the chord below will more than likely be the chord you will be using – the first finger can stay in position.

 

 

 

G Major Chord: The G Chord

 

 

G Major Barre Chord

This alternative G Major Barre is the ‘B’ Shape played on the 10th fret.

This means that your 1st finger should be flat across all the strings at the 10th fret whilst your thumb should be around halfway down the back of the neck of the guitar.

This will allow you to fret the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers and increase your ability to bridge the strings.

Alternatively you could bridge your 3rd finger across the D, G and B strings rather that fret them with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers.