The Bm piano chord is a great one to learn and have memorized. It's a minor chord and has the notes B D F#.
This one - the B minor chord - can feel a bit awkward to play sometimes and get you second-guessing you've got the right notes.
We'll go further into how to play it along with the following information:
The Bm piano chord notes are B D F#.
You can play the full Bm chord in the left hand or you can play some of the notes, keeping B at the bottom. I often play B in my left hand and the chord in my right hand (with melody).
The B minor chord is a bit awkward with the F# up there. I'd suggest looking at the video below and seeing just how high I play the D. It makes it a little more comfortable.
This is how to play the Bm piano chord:
I'd recommend starting out playing the B minor chord with the standard finger positions - even if it feels weird. So using fingers 1, 3 and 5 (thumb, middle finger and pinkie).
Later on, depending on which chord you're coming from and which chord you're going to, you may want to use different fingers. And that's fine.
When you see a chord like Bm/D, you play the note after the slash or / in your left hand. This note is your bass note.
So for Bm/D, D is you bass note - lowest note in your left hand - and the rest of the notes go above that (either in your left hand or right hand).
When you see Bm/F#, it means to play F# in your left hand as the lowest note and the rest of the B minor chord notes above that.
Learning to play the B minor chord in different inversions - different standard positions - is really helpful. Especially because the B minor chord can feel weird to play.
You might find that one of the inversions just feels better.
Just remember, when playing a song with chords and playing Bm, the B should be the lowest note unless indicated otherwise (Bm/D or Bm/F#). So the left hand will play these inversions less than the right hand would.
Inversions for B minor piano chord:
Root: B D F#
1st Inversion: D F# B
2nd Inversion: F# B D
The B minor chord shows up in a few keys like G, D and A. It's a pretty important chord in the key of D since it's the vi (6) chord.
The key signature for the key of B minor is 2 sharps - F# and C#. B minor and D major share a key signature.
The B minor chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the B minor scale.
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