B – The 5 Chord in E

Backing Track

Pattern: 1-4-5-4 chords in E (E5Asus2B5add11Asus2)

Tempo: 96 bpm

Chord Diagram

Chord Box B5 add 11



  • Chord Name: B5 add 11
  • Nashville Number System: 5 chord in the key of E
  • Use for: B, B5, Bmaj7, Bsus4


Video Transcription

The next most commonly used chord after the 4 chord A in this key (E) is B Major.

B Major is the 5 chord in the key of E. It forms the Holy Trinity of the 1-4-5.

There are a few regular Bs that I learned, but the one I use the most in Praise and Worship in Open E is this one. It has the weird name of ‘B5 add 11’ .

You can hear that very top note which is the add 11. It kind-of fits, kind-of doesn’t. I love the colour it adds.

Whenever you see a B chord on the chart in the key of E, this chord fits beautifully.

How to play B5 add 11 – replacement for B chord in key of E

To play, it’s relatively easy.

  • First finger, A string, second fret
  • Third finger, D string, fourth fret
  • Fourth finger (pinky) tucked underneath G string, fourth fret
  • Open B and Open E strings.

The wonderful thing about this is that it’s very easy to move between the E, A and B.

Start with the E5. To change to the A chord, simply move first finger down. Then add the first finger onto 2nd fret A string third finger 4th fret D string. This gives us the B5 add 11 chord.

To go back to the E5 flatten our first finger. Then lift off the third finger.

The 1 – 4 – 5 – 4 Progression

We’ll practice a very common progression, the 1-4-5-4 In the key of E, this is E to A to B to A. Or with our alternatives E5 Asus2 B5add11 Asus2.

Remember – the names are scary, but the fingering is easier than the chords with the easy names!

You can hear that the 1-4-5 in any key is really useful. And these voicings are great rock sounding chords.

They’re very versatile. They work very well clean. They work well with a little crunch. They even work with flat-out metal tone fuzz.

1-4-5-4 Chord Pattern Practice Track

The backing track will be the E – A – B – A back to E.

We’ll make extensive use of the Palm Stop technique, to get the choppiness of the rhythm.