B Minor Chord: Learn How to Play on Ukulele [Step-By-Step]

After perfecting the four primary chords of a ukulele, practitioners slowly move up the difficulty level and start practicing other chords. One such is the B minor – the chord we will be discussing at length in this piece.

We will verbally break down every fret and finger position to show you how to correctly play the B minor chord on the uke, and we will also take a look at a few ukulele chord charts.

The four strings attached to the ukulele’s fretboard are visually represented by ukulele chord charts.

G is the further string, C is the third, E is the second, and finally, A is the first string, also the highest-tone string.

In contrast to a guitar where you’ll find the strings in a descending order, the ukulele features the lowest tone on the third string. We will also provide numbers and other symbols on charts to direct where you have to place each finger to play the B minor chord correctly.

Also Read: Best One-chord Songs on Ukulele

Bm Ukulele Chord: Explained

The B minor chord carries these three notes: B-D-F#.

To create a Bm chord, apply the minor triad formula (1-b3-5) to the B major scale which is (B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#).

Locate the first, third, and fifth scale degrees situated in a B major scale (B-D-F#).

As the chord B minor is a minor chord, decrease the third scale degree by half a step in alignment with the minor triad formula. This results in the three notes for the Bi minor chord: B-D-F#.

To play the chord, here is where your fingers need to be placed:

Index finger: On the second fret of the C, E, and A strings

Ring finer: On the fourth fret of the G string

For this lesson, we will show three different positions where the B minor chord can be played, beginning at second position before moving up the uke’s neck.

B Minor Chord Second Position on Ukulele

For 2nd position, take your index finger and barre (fret or press down on multiple strings with the same finger) the C, E, and A strings at the second fret. Now, press the 4th fret of the low G string with your ring finger.

Index finger: On second fret of the C, E, and A strings

Ring finger: On the fourth fret of the G string

In order to hear the Bm chord in 2nd position, all four strings must be strummed.

B Minor Chord Third Position on Ukulele

You have to use all four fingers expect the thumb of course, to play B minor chord in 3rd position.

Index finger: Second fret of A string

Middle finger: Third fret of C string

Ring finger: Fourth fret of G string

Pinky: Fifth fret of E string

Songs with the B Minor Chord

The ultimate way to practice this chord to perfect is by learning songs using B minor in their tunes. Strumming along to songs like that will help you make smoother transitions in and out of the particular chord.

When minor chords are being discussed, the cheery Christmas class “Frosty the Snowman” might not be the first song to pop into your mind. However, that song combines A minor and B minor with jaunty major chords, C, G, and D to make an upbeat track perfect for the holidays. Since the strum pattern for this song is rather simple, you can deviate your attention to changing the chord in your fretting hand.

For a more detailed strumming technique or a “moodier” sound, try out Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” Another song that wouldn’t cross your mind, this alternative rock classic boasts E minor, A minor, and a bunch of other chords that gel together perfectly. After you’ve studied all the included chords and are prepared to do a strumming hand exercise, try strumming along to this one.

Source: ukelib.com

Song Structure of Frosty the Snowman

 G                                             C           G

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,

              C                                G

With a corncob pipe and a button nose,

                 D                             G

And two eyes made out of coal.

G                                          C                         G

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,

              C                                       G

He was made of snow but the children

                         C              D7        G

know how he came to life one day.

            C                                      Bm

There must have been some magic in that

Am                        G

Old silk hat they found.

       D                                  F#m

For when they placed it on his head,

       Em                       D

He began to dance around. 

      G

O, Frosty the snowman

         C                            G

Was alive as he could be,

                C                                     G

And the children say he could laugh

                                  C           D7          G

And play just the same as you and me.

G

Thumpetty thump thump,

Thumpety thump thump,

                           D7

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,

Thumpety thump thump,

                              G

Over the hills of snow. 

G

Frosty the snowman knew 

        C                             G

The sun was hot that day,

           C

So he said, “Let’s run and

          G

we’ll have some fun

           C            D7    G

now before I melt away.”

G

Down to the village,

             C                              G

With a broomstick in his hand,

                C

Running here and there all

 G

Around the square saying,

C               D7      G

Catch me if you can.

       C                                Bm

He led them down the streets of town

          Am                  G

Right to the traffic cop.

              D                       F#m

And he only paused a moment when

      Em                          D

He heard him holler “Stop!”

        G

For Frosty the snowman

             C                    G

Had to hurry on his way,

             C

But he waved goodbye saying,

 G

“Don’t you cry,

             C      D7                G

I’ll be back again some day.”

G

Thumpetty thump thump,

Thumpety thump thump,

                          D7

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,

Thumpety thump thump,

                              G

Over the hills of snow. 

Also Read: How to play Riptide on Ukulele

Final Thoughts

Practicing your B minor chord ukulele in all of the three positions is a great way to train your ears and fingers to play automatically to the beat, which can also be termed at muscle memory. Train your ears to hear and comprehend this chord in tones both low and high.

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