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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 second fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the fourth fret of the fifth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the fourth 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 A 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:

GbDbGbBbbDbG

HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter F#m as the vi chord of A Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

A
E
F#m
D

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:

F#m
D
A
E

Toto, by Africa, is a great example of this in action:

F#mGonna take a Dlot to drag me aAway from Eyou

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

G#dim7
C#m
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F#m

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

G#m7b5
C#m
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F#m

You might also see a i-iv-VII:

F#m
Bm
E

SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany F#m in the key of A Major:

HOW TO PLAY
A Major
HOW TO PLAY
E Major

More important chords in the key of F# Minor:

HOW TO PLAY
D Major
HOW TO PLAY
B Minor
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HOW TO PLAY
C# Minor
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HOW TO PLAY
G# Minor