B7 Guitar Chord

How to play a B7 guitar chord is clearly explained in the following video guitar lesson:

A B7 chord, also known as a B dominant 7th chord or Bdom7, contains four different notes that give it a characteristic sound. The root note is of course a B, the major 3rd is a D# note, the perfect 5th is an F# note and the dominant 7th is an A note.

The first thing in this video lesson you learn is the best shape for this chord on your guitar, which is an open position B7 guitar chord:


Here is the B7 chord guitar TAB:


This chord shape should be fairly comfortable for you to hold, even though you are required to use all four fingers and need to make sure the open B string rings clear. The best piece of advice for holding most guitar chords is that you always need to keep your fingers curved unless the particular finger is doing a bar. Only the fingertips should be touching the fretted string, and enough room needs to be made so open strings can also ring clearly and not be accidentally muted by a fretting finger!

The second part of this chord lesson shows you a challenging B7 barre chord shape beginning at the 7th fret position on the E string. Note that this chord can also incorporate a high dominant 7th note (in this can an A note), which really brings out the bluesy quality of the B7 guitar chord.

B Guitar Chord

Learn how to play the B major guitar chord right now with this easy video! The B major chord is made up of three different notes – B (root note), F# (perfect 5th), D# (major 3rd), and is always a barre chord when played on guitar, check it out:

First you will learn a simple version of a B chord that is neither major nor minor, this is called the B5 power-chord. It consists only of the root note (B) and the perfect 5th (F#), and is an easy way to play a B chord if you are still beginning to learn bar chords. Next up is the full barre chord shape, using the ring finger to hold down the 4th frets of the D, G, and B strings while the index finger is holding down the 2nd fret of the A string. Make sure you can hear each note ring out clearly before you give the chord a strum.

The next part of this guitar lesson shows you a full six string B major barre chord starting at the 7th fret position on the E string (a B note):

B major guitar chord

This B chord should not be too hard to play after a few attempts, but the trickiest part is always about getting the index finger barring the strings hard enough so they can all be heard clearly. This means no buzz noises or muted notes, so make sure each note rings clear and sounds clean before you strum.