The F Major Chord is one of the more difficult open chords to play on the guitar. This is especially true if you are using an acoustic steel string guitar. So, if you are having trouble with this chord, watch my free video and learn what you can do to make it easier to play…
The reason that the F chord is so difficult to play is because you have to fret two notes with your first finger instead of fretting just one. This requires a lot more strength and coordination to execute properly and still produce a clear tone!
And, to make matters worse… if you are using a steel-string acoustic guitar it becomes even harder to play the chord because the strings are heavier than the strings that are used on other types of guitars.
4 Easy Guitar Playing Tips For The F Major Chord:
- Use light gauge guitar strings.
- Practice on an electric or a nylon stringed classical guitar, rather than on an acoustic steel string guitar.
- Play an F Major triad shape instead of using the full chord.
- Use F Maj7 chord as a substitute
Using Triad Chord Shapes:
All triads are comprised of the 3 tones that, when played together, form a specific chord.
- The three tones that form an F Major chord are F A C
- These tones are found in the chord on the first three strings
- F and C are on the first and second string. They are pushed down together with your first finger on the first fret
- A is played with your second finger on the third string of the second fret.
When playing this triad shape, just lay your first finger down across the first two strings. This is a semi-barre and it will help you develop the necessary finger strength for playing a full barre later. You should only strum the strings that your fingers are pushing down on the fretboard. Do not strum any open strings.
- Practice moving this triad shape up and down the neck. Once you are able to get a clear tone using the triad, add the third and fourth fingers to form the full chord.
- Practice moving the full chord shape up and down the neck just as you did with the triad. After you can produce a clear tone and easily switch chords, try the barre chord shape with the same exercises.
Using the F Major 7 Chord As A Substitute
If you want to play a song that has an F major chord, but are finding it too difficult, just use FMaj7 as a substitute until your fingers get stronger.
It’s easy to transition from an F major chord to an FMaj7. Simply REMOVE your first finger from the first string and you will have the FMaj7 chord! It’s easy to play and sounds good too!
Here are two simple chord progressions:
C | F Maj7 | G7 | C
C | F Triad | G7 | C
The F Major Chord: Here are some additional chord voicings…