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Bb Guitar Chord: Everything You Need to Know


The Bb Major chord, consisting of the notes "Bb," "D," and "F" is one you'll also heard referred to as A# Major from time to time. They're the same notes, just written differently in different situations for music theory's sake. When it comes to playing this particular chord on the guitar, you'll find it's a tricky one across the board, so you'll need to exercise some careful fingering when executing its many voicings.

How to Play Bb Major Guitar Chord

Now, if you find yourself wanting to ease your way into playing Bb Major, there are a few "cheat" voicings you can try that will make the job much easier, like this two-finger variant right here:

Bb Guitar Chord Two Finger

  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th string/1st fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string/1st fret
  • Play string 4 open
  • Mute strings 1, 2, and 3

Bb Major Guitar Chord Three-Finger Varient

Or this three finger variant:

Bb Guitar Chord Three Finger

  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st string/1st fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string/3rd fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 2nd string/3rd fret
  • Mute strings 4, 5, and 6

Bb Major Guitar Chord - A Major Chord Clone

And even this "A Major clone" voicing:

Bb Guitar Chord A Major Chord Clone

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string/3rd fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string/3rd fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 2nd string/3rd fret
  • Mute strings 1, 5, and 6

Bb Major Guitar Chord Barre #1

Of course, you could always try the barre chord versions of Bb Major:

Bb Guitar Chord Barre Varient 1

  • Use your 1st finger to bar the strings at the 6th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string/7th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 5th string/8th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 4th string/8th fret

Bb Major Guitar Chord Barre #2

Bb Guitar Chord Barre Varient 2

  • Use your 1st finger to bar the strings at the 1st fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string/3rd fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string/3rd fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 2nd string/3rd fret
  • Mute string 6

Bb Major Guitar Alternate #1

But if you want a sound that's more complete or more out of the ordinary, you'll want to try one of these more complicated voicings:

Bb Guitar Chord Alternate Varient 1

  • Use your 1st finger to cover strings 2, 3, and 4 at the 3rd fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string/5th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 6th string/6th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 1st string/6th fret

Bb Major Guitar Alternate #2

Bb Guitar Chord Alternate Varient 2

  • Place your 1st finger on the 5th string/5th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 6th string/6th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd string/6th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 1st string/6th fret
  • Mute strings 3 and 4

Bb Major Guitar Alternate #3

Bb Guitar Chord Alternate Varient 3

  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th string/6th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd string/6th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd string/7th fret
  • Mute strings 1, 4, and 5

Bb Major Guitar Alternate #4

Bb Guitar Chord Alternate Varient 4

  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd string/6th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string/7th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string/8th fret
  • Mute strings 1, 5, and 6

Bb Major Guitar Alternate #5

Bb Guitar Chord Alternate Varient 5

  • Place your 1st finger on the 4th string/8th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string/10th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 1st string/10th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 2nd string/11th fret
  • Mute strings 5 and 6

Give Learning These Voicings Your All

That's a lot of different ways to play Bb Major, but they're well within your ability to play if you stick to a dedicated practice schedule. Make sure you carve out time each day to work on your chords, and do your best to exercise proper finger and clean technique when moving from one chord to another. Good luck, and, as always, happy practicing!

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