B Power Chords Guitar Players Should Know

In this post I cover 6 critical B Power chords that guitar players should know. This will include B Major and B Minor power chords.

For every power chord I’ll cover the notes that make up that chord and the chord shape. Also, if you know the notes on the guitar fretboard, you’ll be able to use the chord notes to come up with your own variations of these power chords.

Power chords are commonly used in rock guitar playing. They are often played on electric guitar with distortion. But they can also be used effectively on an electric guitar with a clean sound, or even an acoustic guitar. They can be found in songs by many famous bands including Metallica, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Blink 182, and The Rolling Stones. 

I recommend mastering the chord shapes in this post by using them when learning songs, or applying them in your songwriting!

B Power Chord (7th fret)

This B Power chord, played from the 7th fret, has these notes: B, F#, B

Do not play any of the open strings.

Here is how this B Power chord is played:

B power chord fret 7

This is the quintessential power chord shape on guitar.

Note, this chord shape does not include B Minor third (D) or Major third (D#) notes. Therefore it is not technically a B Major or B Minor power chord. It can be considered either!

B Power Chord (2nd fret)

This B Power chord, played from the 2nd fret, has these notes: B, F#, B

Do not play any of the open strings.

Here is how this B Power chord is played:

B power chord fret 2

This is the quintessential power chord shape on guitar.

Note, this chord shape does not include B Minor third (D) or Major third (D#) notes. Therefore it is not technically a B Major or B Minor power chord. It can be considered either!

B Major Power Chord (4th fret)

This B Major power chord, played from the 4th fret, has these notes: B, D#, F#

Do not play any open strings.

Here is how this B Major power chord is played:

B major power chord fret 4

Because this chord shape includes the D# note (Major 3rd), it is considered a B Major power chord.

B Minor Power Chord (4th fret)

This B Minor power chord, played from the 4th fret, has these notes: B, D, F#

Do not play any open strings.

Here is how this B Minor power chord is played:

B minor power chord fret 4

Because this chord shape includes the D note (Minor 3rd), it is considered a B Minor power chord.

B Major Power Chord (11th fret)

This B Major power chord, played from the 11th fret, has these notes: B, D#, F#

Do not play any of the open strings.

Here is how this B Major power chord is played:

B major power chord fret 11

Because this chord shape includes the D# note (Major 3rd), it is considered a B Major power chord.

B Minor Power Chord (11th fret)

This B Minor power chord, played from the 11th fret, has these notes: B, D, F#

Do not play any of the open strings. 

Here is how this B Minor power chord is played:

B minor power chord fret 11

Because this chord shape includes the D note (Minor 3rd), it is considered a B Minor power chord.

Further reading

  1. Five Easy Guitar Chords You Should Know: B Chords
  2. Power Chord Alternatives: Five Voicings to Try
  3. John Petrucci Invisible Monster Guitar Lesson Summary

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