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B Chord Fingering Diagram for the Ukulele (standard tuning)

B Chord for the Ukulele

Playing the B major chord on the Ukulele may take a little practice, but as you will learn, it is well worth the effort to master this diverse and beautiful chord. As shown on the diagram to the left, the B major chord is made up of the notes B, F#, D#, and B.

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Every chord has its own characteristic or personality. In 1806 the composer Christian Schuber wrote about the quality of different chords. Of the B chord he wrote, “Strongly coloured, announcing wild passions, composed from the most glaring coulors. Anger, rage, jealousy, fury, despair and every burden of the heart lies in its sphere.”

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Although it might be a little difficult to play, the B chord is the root of many popular and songs with many different flavors, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of my Life”.

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The fingering diagram to the left shows how to play the B chord on the ukulele with standard tuning. (GCEA) When playing the 1st and 2nd strings on the 2nd fret, some players use the first finger to hold down both strings. Other players use the first and second fingers to hold down the individual strings. Use whatever works for you depending on your ability and the piece being played.

For more chords in addition to the B chord, download our FREE printable chart containing 21 of the most used ukulele chords!

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