I am trying to work out what the chords are to a song by the band Oasis which uses an open string Bm chord up on the 7th fret but I can't figure out the fingering. I know how to play a Bm chord as a barre chord but I want to learn this version of it. Can anyone please help with some possible fingerings of the chord?

Here is a link to the video

and you can see the chord at 1:21

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    Presumably you've already noticed he's not in standard tuning?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6 at 9:23
  • Nope, never noticed that but that E chord he plays seems like a pretty standard E chord shape so if you could please tell me why you think he is not using standard tuning
    – armani
    Apr 6 at 9:36
  • Ah, now I'm awake… he's just got his thumb over the top of the neck.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6 at 9:57
  • ok so thumb plays B on 7th fret?
    – armani
    Apr 6 at 10:48
  • Hmmm, it doesn't look like the thumb is doing any pressing down... what about it maybe being a 2nd inversion Bm chord so in other words no bottom string?
    – armani
    Apr 6 at 10:55

it's more of a Bm add4 (or add11).

with thumb to mute: x99700
with thumb to fret: 799700

and, of course, that can be tactically muted/strummed to mute the e at the top, making it a straight Bm too and giving a little melodic interplay between the d (7th fret g string) and e (open e string) at the top of the chord. Their spacing apart (separated by the open b) makes it not too tricky to target these notes and highlight them while strumming, which is what your man does here.

To mute the ringing e string entirely for a straight Bm chord, you can let the inside of your left hand fingers touch the bottom of the guitar neck. You don't have to, but if you want to it's a good tip for how.

Abcjs transcription of the 4 possibilities just for fun:

X: 1
M: 4/4
L: 8/8
K: Bmin
%%annotationfont Times-Italic *
|"^no thumb" "_Bm add4/F#"[FBBde]| "^thumb""_Bm add4"[B,FBBde]|"^muted top w/o thumb""_Bm/F#"[FBBd]| "_Bm""^muted top w/ thumb" [B,FBBd]|

the first is the one most employed here

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    I wouldn't call it sus4 if it contains a third. Call it add11 or add4. Apr 6 at 20:44
  • @leftaroundabout good point, corrected
    – Some_Guy
    Apr 11 at 19:19

Simply play an open E minor shape at 9 (and 7 fret on 3rd string). There's an open top string sounding too.The open B string will be in tune! Bottom string is up to you - maybe thumb over, or leave it out.

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    E major? Don't you mean E minor?
    – armani
    Apr 6 at 10:51
  • 2
    I did. 60% spelling right isn't too bad, is it? Thanks.
    – Tim
    Apr 6 at 10:59

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