The F Major chord is an interesting chord. It’s very popular, mainly because it gets used in other popular keys (for example the key of C). The standard F chord shape (the first one in the picture below) often gets lumped in with open chords, even though technically, it’s not an open chord itself.

In terms of basic guitar chords, the standard F chord shape is probably the most difficult, because of the fact that you have to play two strings with one finger. You can think of this like a mini bar chord. It’s actually a really good way of building up strength in your first finger, before diving right in to bar chords.

Some Quick F Chord Theory

  • The F Major chord contains the notes F, A and C.
  • The F Major chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), 3rd and 5th notes of the F Major scale.
  • The A Major chord (just like all Major chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): Major 3rd, minor 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • The F Major chord is the first chord in the key of F Major. The seven chords in the key of F Major are: F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, E diminished. 

10 Ways To Play The F Major Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for F, here they are.

F Major Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

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