Deep and dark, the F Major chord is one of the most challenging chords for new guitarists to learn.
Time: This lesson will take approximately five minutes but perfecting the F Major chord will take some additional practice.
The F major chord has two very similar formations that can be used interchangeably depending on the tone of the song. It is often coupled with an E Minor, D Minor or C Major.
F Major Formation number 1
The first formation can easily be used to switch from the F Major chord to other non-bar chords, but particularly to the C Major chord. To form the F Major, first use the index finger for bar the high E string and the B string on the first fret, then place your middle finger on the second fret of the G string, and your ring finger on the third fret of the D string. In this formation, only the bottom four strings of the guitar are strummed. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t get a tone out of every string on the first try, barring those two bottom strings can be challenging at first.
F Major Formation number 2
The second formation of the F Major chord is a identical to any bar chord but as almost all the same notes are used in the same formation, many musicians opt for this bar chord option. For this formation, bar the entire first fret with your index finger, then place your middle finger on the second fret of the D string, your ring finger on the third fret of the A string, and your pinky finger just below that on the third fret of the G string. The big difference between formation one and two us that on the second formation, all the strings on the guitar are strummed.
Here is a classic Pink Floyd song, Mother, which uses the F Major chord coupled beautifully with an A Minor and G Major.