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How to Play BBM On Guitar

Do you know how to play BBM on guitar?

Have you got a favorite instrument such as a guitar, but you hate how long it takes to play? It’s possible you’ve been using the wrong playing hand. The first and fourth fingers are often locked-in for left-handed guitar players, when in fact, the best way to play is with a “thumb-style” or “thumb-picking” grip.

This allows you to strum with your right hand’s thumb and index finger, which is significantly more comfortable and efficient than the left hand. Have you heard about BBM? 

How to Play BBM On Guitar

What is BBM?

Before we dive into the process of how to play bbm on guitar, let’s get to know more about what BBM really is.

The Bbm or the B flat minor chord is one of the most common chords used in popular music today, and you’ve probably already heard it in a million songs. It’s a minor chord, so it goes from C to Eb. To make it, we need a B natural to start with to play that for the root of the chord. Then we can play the 3rd scale degree of the G major scale, which is D, to form the minor third.

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Then, we can play the 5th scale degree of the G major scale, which is F, to form the perfect fifth. For beginner guitar students, the Bbm chord is one of the most elusive and difficult chords to master. Unfortunately, such is the difficulty of playing this chord; many people get completely discouraged and never try again.

The BBM is the ubiquitous “Blackbird” tuning, a chord progression that many artists have used over the years. Its most popular adoption, however, has been in the blues genre. The “Bbm” tuning uses the root, fifth, and octave of E minor and a minor third, which is essentially the same as E-A-G in standard tuning.

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Playing the Bbm on Guitar

One of the most common chords you will see in various songs is the Bbm. This is a great chord to learn on guitar, it is a fun chord to play, and it sounds really good. Check out the following steps on how to play bbm on guitar:

  1. Use your first finger to make a barre. Do this by placing the finger on the first fret.
  2. Place your second finger on the second string’s second fret.
  3. Place your third finger on the fourth string’s third fret.
  4. Then, put your fourth finger on the third string’s third fret.
  5. Lastly, start strumming. Do this by playing only the highest five strings of your guitar.

Learning how to play the bbm (B flat minor chord) on the guitar is not as easy as you may think. Knowing the right scales and notes that go with the chord is a must. Playing bbm on guitar is really fun, but it is important to remember that there is a right and wrong way to play. At first, you might not know what you are doing, so it is important to pay attention and check out how other guitarists play their instruments.

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The most important thing on how to play Bbm on guitar is to spend some time on it. You don’t have to be a pro to get the sound that you want, but it will be a lot easier to play it if you know what you are doing. The more you practice, the better you will get.

Simon Mattav

I am the owner of The Cook Trio, a three-piece band that has been performing in the Chicago area for over 10 years. I have a passion for music – everything from guitar to songs. I graduated from the music University of Chicago! My passion is writing songs about my life experiences, feelings and emotions through different genres. My inspirations are some of today’s popular songwriters such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez among others.

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