Learning the B chord piano notes is a great first step to understanding how to play the B major chord. The notes are B D# and F# and that can feel a bit awkward to play with standard finger positioning.
The B chord is a major chord - so B major chord - and we'll go a bit into the theory at the end of the page as well as ....
What is a B chord on piano? Well, it's made up of 3 notes - B, D# and F#.
You can play them in either hand although when playing with 2 hands, I usually play B in my left hand and the B chord in the right hand.
Some people will play the full chord in their left hand and a melody in the right as well.
This video will give you a little bit more on how to play the B chord and how it should sound.
There are standard finger positions for major chords and they are always to use the thumb, middle finger and pinkie - fingers 1, 3 and 5.
When you play the B major chord, this can feel a bit weird. So, I'd say, in general, try to use these fingers however, if you find yourself starting to use fingers 1, 2, and 3 (thumb, index and middle finger), that's fine. I just wouldn't advise using fingers 2, 3 and 4 as a group in the beginning.
When you see a slash "/", whatever comes after the slash is for the bass note, in our case, it's the lowest note on the piano that we're playing.
So, in the case of B/D#, D# is the bass note for the left hand and the rest of the chord should be played above that.
When you see B/F#, play the F# as the lowest note in the left hand and then the rest of the B chord notes in your right hand. F# is your bass note.
Playing inversions with the B chord will feel a bit different than many of the other chords. It's just those 2 sharps in there.
I'd recommend sticking with the same fingering you use for all other triad inversions however.
The inversions for the B chord are as follows:
Root: B D# F#
1st Inversion: D# F# B
1nd Inversion: F# B D#
The B chord is a major chord and is built off of the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the B major scale.
There are 5 sharps in the key signature of B major which is why we have D# and F# in our chord.
The scale above shows the B major scale and if you read music, you can see the 1st note is B, 3rd is D# and 5th is F#.
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