B Major is a triad chord which is consists of three notes:
You can use different approaches to play this chord on the guitar in various positions, but I will show you a simple version of it in the first guitar position.
To hold the B Major guitar chord, open position, and do these steps:
Also, you can simplify it by using just the first three strings. It’s also easier for beginners (easy B chord):
Be aware not to play the fifth and sixth strings. You can mute these strings by using your left-hand thumb.
To keep the strings mute, you need to practice it to find the best position for your thumb, because sometimes it’s frustrating, especially for beginners but don’t worry, you will learn it after a while.
Let’s check the music theory behind this chord.
There four types of Triads:
The notes that make the triad are intervals of first, third, and fifth, but each note’s interval quality changes the triad’s voicing. A major triad consists of a root, a major third above the root, and a perfect fifth above the root. But there are two ways to build major triads.
The second way to build a major triad is to take the first, the major third, and the perfect fifth notes from a major scale. For instance, in the key of C:
C D E F. G A B C
C is the first, E is the major third, and G is the perfect fifth.
Now we use this approach on the B Major scale to find the chord.
B Major Scale:
B C# D# E F# G# A# B
So the notes of the chord are: