A Video Lesson – ‘Let’s Play Bm’

Start with easy Bm – 1st finger 2nd fret 1st string, 2nd finger 3rd fret 2nd string, 3rd finger 4th fret 3rd string. This plus the open 4th string but not strumming the open 5&6 makes a passable Bm ok for beginners perhaps but not good enough for the likes of us.

Three finger Bm.JPG

A better Bm is to shift your 3rd finger up to the 4th string 4th fret and get your pinkie to take over on the 3rd string 4th fret. Try not to strum the 5&6 strings when you use this chord.

Four finger Bm.JPG

Last of all lift your 1st finger without moving the others and stretch and straighten your 1st finger up to the 5th string so that your 1st finger holds down the 5th string at the 2nd fret and also the 1st string at the 2nd fret.

Bar Bm.JPG

Photos by Shirl!!

Here is another approach-

Let’s start by playing Am in the usual way using your first finger to play the 1st fret 2nd string, second finger to play 2nd fret 4th string, and third finger to play 2nd fret 3rd string.


Β Sweet, now whilst holding down this chord ( did you know that some people call a chord shape a grip? I quite like that so this would be the open string Am grip methinks ) and gently strumming ( I don’t know what kind of strum, any strum you like I guess will do) let your mind conjure up an imaginary capo being strapped to your guitar at the second fret. My first capo was a pencil and a big rubber band. There are so many capos now some real expensive fortunately you are only imagining a capo so no need to buy one or bust one out just yet.

Now step 2 is to rearrange your open string Am grip fingers so that the chord still sounds the same but you are not using your first finger. How? By putting your 2nd finger on the 2nd string 1st fret, 3rd finger in the 4th string 2nd fret, 4th finger (technically called your pinkie)on the 3rd string 2nd fret. Okay difficult but not impossible is probably how you would describe it thus far.

Am no first.JPG

Alright step 3 you have to slide this new shape up the neck two frets further away from the nut so that now your 2nd finger is on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string, 3rd and 4th on the 4th fret of the 4th and 3rd strings (just past you imaginary capo). You can play this chord with the 1st and 5th strings open and it sounds kinda nice too.

Am up 2 frets.JPG

Right then step 4 is where you get your first finger to stretch up across the neck to take the place of that imaginary capo we were thinking about before and there you have it Bm, an Am shape bar chord at the 2nd fret.

Bar Bm1.JPG

Step 5 is where you figure it sounds terrible and hurts your hand and you don’t want to play bar chords anymore but don’t despair !! If it looks right and you have your fingers in the right places it is right !! All that is missing is heaps of practice.


42 Responses to “A Video Lesson – ‘Let’s Play Bm’”

  1. Thanks! This hurt my hand and my brain, but I love it. πŸ™‚

  2. thanks but its very confusing!

  3. thannks a ton……i had no idea how to get a bm…..but thanks to u ive got it…..

  4. i didnt like it at all it didnt teach me a thing so thansk for confusing my already to know but worse now guitar skills> : {}

  5. It’s the other comments that have confused me – not your video! This is brilliant – I’ve always struggled with my Bm and this has helped a lot. Cheers!

  6. I didnt know how to play Bm but thanks to you, now Ive got it πŸ˜€

  7. Great site – has helped me so much. Any chance you could do a lesson for Hinder – “Lips of an angle”

    Thanks Heaps

  8. im only 11 and i have been playing guitar for 2 years i am learning a new song called braking free of high school musical and i didnt know how to play bm so this was really helpfull thank you

  9. Brilliant… thanks heaps..

  10. oh lord my baby your driving me craz. Hale Mauricio.

  11. deedlebob me peepe

  12. thanks a lot for that! it really helped ! thanks a LOT!

  13. THANKS SO MUCH, now I can play my songs :)…but gosh this hurts!!

  14. Well done! Thank you so much.

  15. i love how you broke it down, i thought it was impossible but you’ve help significantly thanks so much πŸ™‚

  16. A very good lesson. Thank you. Any tips on learning to “quickly switch” to a Barre chord?

    I can play it but I “move” to it so slow… Thanks a ton!

  17. Great video clip. Thank you for the help!


  18. your great thanks

  19. Well my fingers are killing me right now (especially my pinkie :S), but i learned it.

  20. really nice this is very effective thanks

  21. thanks for the great tutorial! i guess its heaps of practice now.

  22. i have dial up, so i couldnt watch the video, but the step by step helped me a lot. thanks πŸ˜€

  23. thankyou ! xx πŸ˜€

  24. omg, you don’t even know how helpful this is!
    i’ve been trying to stretch my tiny little feminine hands out to play the way my guitar teacher tried to teach me but it just doesn’t work! this is so much easier. thank you!

  25. thanks !!! πŸ™‚

  26. thankss very much that helped a lot!

  27. Thank you!:D

  28. Hey, that was really confusing. I mean I kinda get the first one but from there is where you lost me!!

  29. Thanks I’ve got it!xx

  30. UGH MY FINGER HURTS HELL LOADS and i have really small hand, any way to make it hurt less?

  31. very helpful

  32. wow my fingers twist and turns…^_^ and it hurts too….

  33. I have always steered clear of chords containing Bm because I absolutely hate using my finger as a capo. Now I have a song that I need to play in DMajor and, of course the Bm had me really frazzled. I appreciate your EASY Bm and at least can work with it until I am able, if ever, to capo with my finger!!

  34. thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx now i can play for my schools talent show πŸ™‚

  35. great vid best that i’ve seen for the bm. easy and sounds great. thank you.

  36. SO AWESOME!! thanks for your help

  37. sound cheers

  38. Thanks for the easy Bm

  39. very useful !! thank you !! πŸ˜€

  40. You wrote about a number of engaging things in this article. I found it by using Bing and I’ve got to admit that I already subscribed to the blog, it is quite fine (;

  41. The problem is, I cannot REACH to bar chords… so I’m basically flummoxed.. DARN.

  42. COol ta

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