Piano Chords for Beginners: How to Play a B Major Chord

When you’re a beginner piano player, it might seem like it’s going to take a long time to learn to play like a pro. The truth is that you only need to practice.

If you’re a beginner player, it’s important you learn to play and master the chords. It’s important you learn one step at a time.

In this article, we’re going to teach you how to play the B chord. Here is for the A major chord¬†and C major chord.

What is a Chord?

Let’s begin by explaining what a chord is. If you want to become a pro at playing the piano, you have to learn chords.

When you only play a note at a time you’re only playing a note. When you play more than one note at a time, you’re playing a chord.

How to Play a B Major Chord?

Like all piano chords, the B major chord is made up of a triad, or a three-note chord [1].

The B major chord has a more upbeat sound since it’s a major chord. In the piano, you will notice the B major chord consists of two black and a white key notes.

Although the B major scale uses all 5 black keys, the chord only utilizes 2. Make sure you don’t confuse the B major chord with the B scale.

What Notes make up the B Major Chord?

In case you didn’t know, the B chord consists of more notes. The B, F#, and D# notes make up the B chord [2].

The B note is the root note in the chord. It’s followed up by D# as major third, and then it’s followed by F# to complete the scale.

To play the chord properly, you need to begin with the B note. Then move two tones higher until you move up to the D#. From D# you should move one and a half notes higher until you reach F#.

Root Position

If you’re wondering how the order of the notes looks like from root position, your fingers will hit the notes in the order, B, #D, and followed by F#.

Using your right hand, your thumb should be on the B, the middle finger on the D#, and the fourth finger will go on #F.

First Inversion

To move your fingers from the first inversion, you need to switch the fingering. The first note you will play while inverted is D# followed by F# and B.

In the first inversion, B is a higher octave than the B note in the root position.

To play it you need to place finger one on D#, finger two on 2, and finally finger 5 on B.

Second Inversion

From the second inversion, you play the notes in the order F#, B, and #D. You will need to place finger one on F#, finger 3 on B, and finger five on D#.

Become an Expert at Playing the B Chord

Use the tips above to practice playing the B chord. Make sure you learn the fundamentals, the inversions, and have fun with it.

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Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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