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F Minor

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From your perspective:

STEP BY STEP

How to play a F Minor chord on the guitar

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

THEORY

F Minor is a minor triad, three notes stacked on top of one another. The root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth:

In addition to being the root of F Minor, it is also the vi chord of Ab Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard in this version of F Minor:

FCFAbCF

HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter Fm as the vi chord of Ab Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

Ab
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Eb
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Fm
Db
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In the key of F Minor itself, with a little respelling, those chords become the III, VII, i, and VI. You might see them arranged like so:

Fm
Db
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Ab
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Eb
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Let’s get rid of those major chords, though. Moving from the diminished ii°, to the v, and back to the i:

Gdim7
Cm
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Fm

You can also play the dimished chord as ‘half-diminished’ seventh—a little gentler:

Gm7b5
Cm
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Fm

You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Fm
Bbm
Eb
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SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Fm in the key of Ab Major:

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Ab Major
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Eb Major

More important chords in the key of F Minor:

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Db Major
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Bb Minor
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C Minor
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G Minor