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.

F# 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.

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.)

3) F# Chord (2 Finger Version)

This chord is perfect if you want to practice barring technique:

Small F# Chord

  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Barre your first finger over the 2nd fret of the B (2nd string) and E string. (1st string.)

This chord doesn’t huge, but it’s a fantastic chord to have in the bank if you want to:

  • Add high end sparkle to a guitar part.
  • Enhance your dexterity and technique.

4) F# Chord (Semi-Barre Chord)

This chord is very closely related to the ‘E shape barre chord’. However with this F sharp guitar chord, you don’t barre over the 2nd fret of the B (2nd string.) and E string. (1st string.)

F# Chord Open E and b

  • Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the low E string. (6th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 4th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Strum ALL the strings.

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How do I play guitar chords?

Learning guitar chords can be difficult. We’re going to show you 3 quick & easy tips which will help you master guitar chords.

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Tip #1 Keep your thumb on the back of the neck

Your thumb should sit in the middle of the neck with your thumb nail pointing up towards the ceiling.

Like this:

F sharp guitar chord

Tip #2 Use The Tips of Your Fingers

When you fret guitar chords you must use the tips of your fingers. Make sure that you fret the note as close to your finger nail as possible.

This creates space between your finger on the fret board and stops any dead notes.

Tip #3 Keep Your Fingers Straight

When you play guitar chords, your fingers MUST be as straight as possible.

Your first knuckle must be straight, whilst the rest of your hand arches over the fret board.

Here’s an example of what your hand should look like:

F# Chord

For more guidance on how to play guitar chords, go here: How To Play Guitar Chords: A Beginner’s Guide

What’s the quickest way to learn guitar chords?

The fastest way to learn guitar chords is to learn easy chords first.

Remember, there is ALWAYS an easier way to play a chord.

When you learn easy chords first, you are gradually building up your dexterity and technique. So, when it comes to tackling more advanced chords, these will be MUCH easier to play.

Learning more advanced chords first is detrimental to your progress as a beginner. Be smart, learn easy chords first. (Advanced chords come later!)

To learn easy chords, go here: 14 Easy Guitar Chords For Beginners

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How do I remember guitar chords?

The secret to remembering guitar chords is:

Squeeze your hand after you’ve learned a new chord.

This engages your muscle memory. When you squeeze your hand, you are teaching your hand to memorise the chord.

However, be careful. Your chord must be right, BEFORE you squeeze your hand. 

If it is incorrect, you will be teaching yourself to remember the wrong chord.

F Sharp Guitar Chord

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