The B7 Chord

Hi all,

This lesson is about a very popular chord in guitar playing – the B7 chord.

A seventh chord contains one extra note than our standard 3 note triad (major, minor chords).  The extra note, which we refer to as the seventh, adds a certain tension to the chord and therefore needs to be resolved, ie, followed by another chord that relieves the tension.  This particular chord finds its resolution in two chords – E major and Em, but more on that another time…

The B7 Chord

We play five strings in this chord, starting on the A string.  Do not play the thick E string.


The root note is coloured red, indicating it is the note B.


Suggested Chord Fingering


On TAB, it looks like this:

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It sounds like this:


Try playing the B7 chord along with the track below.  You’ll also find the chord chart below.




  • As with the BIG EIGHT chords, don’t worry about the rhythm, just strum each chord once at the beginning of the bar to allow yourself time to practice the changes.
  • Aim for clarity and no buzzing.
  • Be patient – it takes a little while to master these chords!

I’ll see you next time – happy playing!


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