The B-flat major triad, more commonly called the B-flat major chord or simply the B-flat chord for short, consists of the notes B-flat, D and F. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

B-flat major chord on the treble clef staff

… and on the bass clef staff:

B-flat major chord on the bass clef staff

Here are both of the above chords on the piano:

B-flat major chord on the piano

As B-flat major triad, the B-flat chord consists of a major third plus a minor third. The interval from B-flat to D is a major third, while the interval between D and F is a minor third.

Inversions of the B-flat Chord

If the root of the B-flat chord—B-flat—is the bass note (i.e., the bottom note), then the chord is in root position:

If the third of the chord—D—is the bottom note, then the chord is in first inversion:

B-flat major chord in first inversion
B-flat chord in first inversion on the piano

If the fifth of the chord—F—is the bass note, then the chord is in second inversion. (F is called the fifth of the chord because the interval from the root B-flat to F is a fifth.)

B-flat major chord in second inversion
B-flat major chord in second inversion on the piano

B-flat Major Arpeggios

If the notes of a chord are played one after the other, the chord is said to be arpeggiated. Here are the standard fingerings for arpeggios of the B-flat chord. Make sure you learn these fingerings!

(If you don’t understand the below notation, you should start with my How to Read Sheet Music course.)

B-flat major arpeggio in root position:

b_flat_major arpeggio

B-flat major arpeggio in first inversion:

b_flat_major arpeggio in first inversion

B-flat major arpeggio in second inversion:

b_flat_major arpeggio in second inversion