B chords for guitar

B → B13

Chords in B

All B chords are derived from the B Major Scale which consists of 5 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#, A# and reads: B - C# - D# - E - F# - G# - A#

B Major key signature
Scale of B Major
B C# D# E F# G# A#
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
  9th   11th   13th  

B - B major (1-3-5)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#)


B7 - B seventh (1-3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A)


Bm - B minor (1-b3-5)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), 5th(F#)


Bm7 - B minor seventh (1-b3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), 5th(F#), b7th(A)


Bmaj7 (B Δ 7 ) - B major seventh (1-3-5-7)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), 7th(A#)


Bsus4 (B sus) - B suspended fourth (1-4-5)

Spelling: 1st(B), 4th(E), 5th(F#) - No third


B7sus4 (B7+4) - B seventh suspended fourth (1-4-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(B), 4th(E), 5th(F#), b7th(A) - No third


B6 - B sixth (1-3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), 6th(G#)


Bm6 - B minor sixth (1-b3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), 5th(F#), 6th(G#)


B9 - B ninth (1-3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A), 9th(C#)


Bm9 - B minor ninth (1-b3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), 5th(F#), b7th(A), 9th(C#)


Bmaj9 (B  ⃤  9 ) - B major ninth (1-3-5-7-9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), 7th(A#), 9th(C#)


B6/9 - B six 9 OR B major sixth added ninth (1-3-5-6-9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), 6th(G#), 9th(C#)


B7#9 (B7+9) - B seventh augmented ninth (1-3-5-b7-#9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A), #9th(D)


B7b9 (B7-9) - B seventh flat nine or B seventh minor ninth (1-3-5-b7-b9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A), b9th(C)


Baug (B+) - B augmented (1-3-#5)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), #5th(G)

More on augmented chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions.


B7#5 (B7+5) - B seventh augmented fifth (1-3-#5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), #5th(G), b7th(A)


Bdim (Bº) - B diminished (1-b3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), b5th(F)


Bdim7 (Bº7) - B diminished seventh (1-b3-b5-bb7)

Spelling: 1st(B), b3rd(D), b5th(F), bb7th(Ab)

More on diminished 7th chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions... the 1st position is the most popular.


B-5 - B diminished fifth (1-3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), b5th(F)


B7b5 (B7-5) - B seventh diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), b5th(F), b7th(A)


B9b5 (B9-5) - B ninth diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), b5th(F), b7th(A), 9th(C#)


B11 - B eleventh (1-3-5-b7-9-11)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A), 9th(C#), 11th(E)


B13 - B thirteenth (1-3-5-b7-9-13)

Spelling: 1st(B), 3rd(D#), 5th(F#), b7th(A), 9th(C#), 13th(G#)

Please Note: Because 13th chords are made up of 7 notes, they are impossible to play on a 6 string guitar. In the charts above we have not included the 11th note as this is a dominant 13th chord and the 11th note (E) conflicts with the 3rd note (D#) by a semitone.

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