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F Major

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From your perspective, as you look down at the fretboard:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a F Major chord on the guitar

  1. Make a barre with your first finger on the first fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the third string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the fifth string.
  4. Put your fourth finger on the third fret of the fourth string.
  5. Play all six strings.

Is there an easy way to play F major?

If you find the barred version above too difficult, it’s perfectly fine to play just the highest four strings, which lets you avoid the barre:

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THEORY

F Major is a major triad, built up of the root, the major third, and the perfect fifth:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard

FCFACF

Here’s how you might play the same chord on the piano:

HOW IT’S USED

The most common progression you’ll likely see with F Major is going from F, to Bb, to C, or I, IV, V.

F
Bb
C

Hey Jude, by The Beatles, is a great example.

Hey FJude. Don't make it Bbbad
Take a Csad song
and make it Fbetter.

As is Carry On, by Fun:

If you’re Flost and alone, or you’re Bbsinkin’ like a Cstone. Carry Fon-- Bb C

Adding in the minor six chord (Dm), you have the classic `I-V-iv-IV` pattern:

F
C
Dm
Bb

Like Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball:

I came in like a Fwrecking ball C
I never hit so Dmhard in love Bb

Or, inverting the progression, starting on the Dm, you get "Complicated," by Avril Lavigne:

Dm
Bb
F
C
DmWhy do you have to go and make Bbthings so complicFated? C

SEE ALSO

Other common chords in the key of F Major:

HOW TO PLAY
C Major
HOW TO PLAY
Bb Major
HOW TO PLAY
D Minor
HOW TO PLAY
A Minor