Bm Ukulele Substitute, Because the Actual One is Too Hard
You have tried to learn the actual B minor chord for months, but nothing seems to work. You never get any result of your efforts other than stiff, weary fingers. Now you are searching for an alternative. Is there really an alternative to the “cursed chord”?
A player once claimed that he has tried to play the B minor chord on his ukulele for over a year, but ll he can get is a muffled sound. This was probably caused by the position of his fingers, where too many fingers are pressing the strings or the index finger position is wrong so no sound comes out.
Actually, you do not have to worry. Unless you are preparing for an internationally standardized ukulele examination, it is not needed to play the B minor chord exactly as written, as long as it still sounds good in the song you are playing. So yes, there is a Bm ukulele substitute. This article will help you get through this challenge.
If you are looking for a substitute for a chord, the first thing you want to try is to change the fingering for that chord. For the B minor chord, try using the “7, 6, 7, 5” notation instead of the usual “4, 2, 2, 2” notation. This alternative can be used if the problem you are facing is the usage of the barre (finger lying across entire fret). It is illustrated below.
However, using the finger position mentioned above will require you to be more precise. Be prepared for this. A source has mentioned not to use four fingers, but if this is more comfortable for you, go on.
If trying that finger position creates a new trouble for you, then you should really consider using a chord other than B minor. The recommended chords for Bm ukulele substituteare G major seventh (Gmaj7) and B minor seventh (Bmin7). There is nothing wrong with this.
After trying the two recommendations mentioned above, the frustrated player mentioned earlier in this article claimed that he is a much happier ukulele player now. It is true that unless you have to play the exact chord, substituting a chord with an alternative will not hurt anyone. Of course, this applies in this case.
Is the Bm Ukulele Substitute acceptable everywhere?
Well, maybe not. But it you are only a casual ukulele player without the need of performing every single chord strictly and exactly matches with the notation, why not try the alternatives? The Bm ukulele substitute will relieve the stress from not being able to play a single chord. You can now use playing ukulele as a relaxation method, not a challenge to yourself.
However, if you really have to play the exact same chord as requested (maybe your music teacher instructed you to do so), just try as hard as you can. Hard work will pay off. Even if you cannot do it now, you will be able to execute this difficult finger position in the future. Good luck for you and your ukulele!