B – The 5 Chord in E
Tempo: 96 bpm
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.
To go back to the E5 flatten our first finger. Then lift off the third finger.
The 1 – 4 – 5 – 4 Progression
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.