A Complete Look at How to Play F Major Chord

F Major is a very popular chord in popular music, and it blends very well with many conventional chords out there. This chord is used in many genres, and it has become part of many legendary songs such as Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, Ho Hey by The Lumineers, Rolling in The Deep by Adele, and others.

It’s understandable why so many beginner guitarists avoid playing the standard version of this chord because of its weird shapes, but today we’ll show you many ways in which you can play this chord while you learn how to play the standard version!

F Major Standard Chord Shape

Unlike other standard chord shapes, this one can be a little tricky, but it will help you build your strength to play barre chords. To play this chord you have to barre the first two strings, and place 2nd and 3rd fingers in the positions we’ll show you soon. To barre the strings, you should press with the side of your index finger to get the best sound out of it. Practice as much as possible and you’ll be playing the Fmaj standard chord shape in no time!

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Easy F Major Chord Shape

Since it might be difficult to play the standard version, we have for you a simplified version so you can play the closest version of F major standard while you’re still learning how to play the original. Follow the next image to learn how to play it:

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F Major Triads

Another way to play the F major chord is to play the different arrangements of it along the fretboard. It’s great to know each of these since the different order of notes can have different impacts on the song you’re playing! Follow the next images to learn how to play each of the Fmaj triads:

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F Major Barre Chord Shapes

If you’ve practiced the standard version enough, you might be ready to play the barred versions of this chord. They’re just a little harder than the original, but it’s still completely possible to play even if you’re a beginner. These barred versions of F major have a different approach to the sound of the chord. Therefore, it can enrich the way you play and the way you could play a song you’re writing. Follow the next images to learn how to play the barred Fmaj:

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