The B chord is made up of three notes – B, D# and F#.
You can play a B chord on piano in three different ways:
- Root Position – This is where the B note is the lowest note of the chord
- First Inversion – This is where the B note is the highest note of the chord
- Second Inversion – This is where the B note is the middle note of the chord
I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail…
Then we’ll take a look at some famous songs which use B chords. These are great for practising, because they’re fairly simple but really do sound pretty good.
But first let’s take a look at the theory.
B Chord Piano – Root Position
Whenever you play a B chord on piano, and B is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:
There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play a B chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, try playing each one – first with your left hand, then your right.
Below you’ll see what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.
B Chord Piano – First Inversion
Whenever you play a B chord on piano, and B is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:
And here it is played in all positions on a standard piano:
B Chord Piano – Second Inversion
Whenever you play a B chord on piano, and B is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:
And here it is played in all positions on a standard piano. Note, there are only six of these.
Famous “B Chord” Songs
Okay, time for some fun!
Let’s take a look at some B chords used in actual songs. I hope you love the song snippets below.
Each one has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and melody in the right. I find this the best way to learn new chords.
First, see if you can play them just as they are written. But once you get comfortable with that, feel free to try each of the other B chord inversions (covered above).
And then try them in different positions on the piano.
And if you really want to test yourself: Try playing the melody lower on the piano with your left hand, and the chords higher on the piano with your right hand.
The first song we’ll look at is If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher. This is a good one to start with because it uses the B chord in root position only.
B Chord Piano Progression 1 – If I Could Turn Back Time
The next song we’ll look at is The Tide Is High by Blondie. This song uses the B chord in first inversion.
B Chord Piano Progression 2 – The Tide Is High
The last song we’ll take a look at is Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen. This song uses B chords in both first and second inversions.
Once you get the hang of these progressions, don’t forget to have some fun with them. Practice the chords in different positions and different inversions. And see which ones sound best to you.
B Chord Piano Progression 3 – Dancing In The Dark
That’s about all for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about B chords.
If you have a spare minute, I’d love to hear from you. Just head on over to the contact page and send me a message…
And if you let me know which songs you’re learning (or want to learn), I’ll try to include them in future posts.