The F minor chord is a relatively popular guitar chord. The root 6 bar chord version of F minor is played on the 1st fret, so the Fm chord is often used as a kind of default chord for practising the minor bar chord. 

The Fm chord does not contain any notes that can be played on the open strings of the guitar, so there is no way to play the Fm chord as an open chord. 

Some Quick Fm Chord Theory

  • The F minor chord contains the notes F, Ab and C.
  • The F minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the F Major scale.
  • The F minor chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • F minor is the relative minor of Ab Major.
  • Fm is the first chord in the key of F minor. The seven chords in the key of F minor are: Fm, G diminished, Ab+, Bbm, C, Db, E diminished

10 Ways To Play The F Minor Chord

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

F Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading