Guitar chords F, Fm

Intro: In this guitar lesson you will learn how to play an F Major chord, an F Minor Chord (Fm) and an F Major Barre chord. F chords can be challenging but I'll do my best to get you going!


F Major Chord

Tab F Chord Chart F Chord Image
E|--1--| 
B|--1--| 
G|--2--| 
D|--3--| 
A|--x--| 
E|--x--|
Guitar F Chord Diagram Guitar F Chord Image

You may come across two different ways of playing an F chord, this is the easier of the two, the complete barre version is shown below. For this chord, the key is to place your first finger over the bottom two strings. To do this you'll need to do away with arch in your first finger and let it flatten out to cover the two strings.

Play the chord:
1. Place your 1st finger across the 1st and 2nd strings press down on the 1st fret of each string.
2. Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string.
3. Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string.
5. Strum down from the 4th string.


Fm (Minor) Chord

Fm Chord Tab Fm Chord Chart
|--1---|
|--1---|
|--1---|
|--3---|
|--3---|
|--1---|
F Minor Chord

Just like F is like E, Fm is like Em. If you have mastered the F chord then playing F minor is very easy. All you need to do is remove your 2nd finger, the first finger is still pressing down and will play the first fret.

Play the chord:
1. Place your 1st finger across all six strings and press down on the 1st fret of each string.
2. Place your 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string.
3. Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string.
4. Strum down from the 6th string.


F Major Chord - Barre Version

Tab F Chord Chart F Chord Image
|--1--| 
|--1--| 
|--2--| 
|--3--| 
|--3--| 
|--1--|
Guitar F Chord Diagram Guitar F Chord Image

When you look at the layout for F, you'll notice it's basically an E chord played one fret up. The major difference is that you have to lay your whole 1st finger across the first fret of each string. If this gives you to much of a problem, then just place your first finger across the strings 1 and 2. To me it's sounds just as good. However, try and play it as shown above and you'll have no problem picking up barre chords!

Play the chord:
1. Place your 1st finger across all six strings and press down on the 1st fret of each string.
2. Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string.
3. Place your 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string.
4. Place your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string.
5. Strum down from the 6th string.