F# Chord For Beginners

Want to learn the F# Chord? Then look no further, you’ve found the ultimate guide to playing the F sharp guitar chord.

In this free lesson you will learn:

  • 6 essential must-know ways to play the F# chord.
  • 3 quick & easy tips that will help you master guitar chords.
  • The no1 secret to learning chords quickly.

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What is an F# Chord?

The F# chord is a:

  • Major chord in the key of F#.

There are 12 keys in music, but for today’s lesson we’re going to focus on the F# major chord.

In the guitar world, there are many ways that a major chord can be written.

Here are a few examples:

  • F# Chord.
  • F Sharp Guitar Chord.
  • F# Major.

As long as the chord doesn’t have the word ‘minor’ or a lowercase ‘m’ written after it. It is ALWAYS major.

For today’s lesson we’re going to refer to the F# major chord as the ‘F# Chord’.

How do I play the F# Chord?

There are many ways to play the F# chord. However the two most common ways are:

  • The F# Chord (E Barre Shape).
  • The F# Chord (A Barre Shape).

Both of these chords are ‘barre chords’. This technique can be difficult for beginners. For tips and guidance on how to barre chords, watch this video:

F# Chord (E Shape)

We refer to this as the ‘E shape’ because it is based on an open E chord.

Learn how to play an E chord here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

 

F# Chord

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  • Barre your first finger across all the strings on the 2nd fret.
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 4th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)

Barre chords are tricky, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away.

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F# Barre Chord (A Shape)

This F# barre chord is known as the ‘A shape’ because the heart is based on an open A chord.

Learn the A chord here: 3 Easy Ways To Play The A Chord

F# Sharp Guitar Chord

  • Barre your 1st finger on the 9th fret from the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 11th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 11th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 11th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)

Barre chords are tricky for beginners. To help you out, we’re going to show you 4 easy ways to play the F sharp guitar chord.

1) F# Chord (3 Finger Version)

This chord is perfect for beginners because:

  • It only uses 3 fingers.
  • It’s sounds pretty, lovely if you want to add texture in a band.
  • It’s a moveable shape.

F Sharp Guitar Chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 11th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 11th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 9th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum from the G string. (3rd string.)

Once you’ve mastered this shape, try and move it up and down the fret board. You can get over 11 different chords out of this shape.

2) F#7

This F sharp guitar chord has a great bluesy feel. If you want to sound like Clapton, learn this chord.

F# Chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the B string. (2nd string.)

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