Friday, 8 February 2013

F Guitar Chord | Beginners Guitar Chords

Today's guitar chord of the day, is another guitar chord for beginners. After mastering the open chords, the next tricky chord to learn is Fmajor. This is a really useful chord because it's used lots in very common keys.

The F Major guitar takes a little bit of practice and is often the first chord that beginners learn to play using a barre. This is where one finger is laid flat to hold down more than one string. In this case the first finger is laid flat over the top E and B strings at the first fret. Using the edge of your finger rather than placing your finger flat helps the notes to sound clearly.
f major guitar chord | beginner guitar chords
F guitar chord | half-barre

Once you have your first finger holding down the E and B strings at the 1st fret, place your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G string, and your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the D string. The A and bottom E strings are not played in this chord inversion. Here's the fingering for this guitar chord shape:
F guitar chord shape

If you've got the hang of this, you can also play the F major chord as a barre chord. Here the first finger is lying across all of the strings on the 1st fret. It takes a little more practice to play, but it does mean you can play all 6 strings.
f major barre chord | guitar chords
F major barre chord

And here's the fingering for F Barre Chord, it's still written as F major (or just plain F) but we're using a barre with our finger to play it:
F major barre chord

Practice changing between the Fmajor chord and the C major chord and try working through all of the beginner guitar chords listed here.