04 June 2011

How to play the F Major chord shape on guitar


It's time to take my guitar practices to the next level. Most open chords have been done. I've took my time to stretch. "Let us F major" the wise man said.

This is what I call the F-major small shape. It's got all the right notes at all the right places. And in ascending order. F - A - C - F.
This shape is more difficult than other open chord shapes because you have to use your index finger to press down on two strings at the same time. It's a great prerequisite to the barred chords later on.




Technique
Important: your fingers are making a slight angle to the fretboard. Your hand and forearm are relaxed. When I thought my students this new chord I always said: It's not right at this time. And you don't have to worry about it. Just practice, as long as you KNOW that right now, you still need to perfect it. That's so with everything. If you are unaware of your shortcomings than you'll never grow.
You can read all about proper guitar form at the On Injury page.


Left: Not so good. Right: Good relaxed technique.




Here's a one-two-three on grabbing this chord..




If you're practicing the guitar for yourself, try out this chord sequence. Am-C-G-F and let me know how you progress.

For everyone else, be prepared for a full song with harmonica accompanied very soon!


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28 comments:

  1. Thansk for the tutorial, nice pictures I'm trying to learn how to play the guitar at the moment this is very helpful.

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  2. this is very helpful! thanks

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  3. Another great tutorial. Love it dude. Looking forward to your song! :)

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  4. F the chord of the devil. A chord that still annoys me.

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  5. thanks for the tip, i always had trouble with this chord when i started playing

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  6. I like how you illustrated the proper techniques for holding the guitar. The red makes it seem extra painful!

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  7. That would confuse the hell out of me....

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  8. Thank you for the guide! those are some useful tips =D

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  9. I vividly remember the F chord being that hardest to hit when I started playing guitar almost ten years ago. It was hard for me to bar my index finger while still hitting the other notes.

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  10. The only hard part about it is covering both the B and e strings on the first fret.

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  11. @Jay Reid, thanks for confirming. I appreciate it.

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  12. Very detailed, it's awesome. Goodjob man, keep it up! Nice blog layout by the way! :)

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  13. Since i find it impossible to press down the first two strings with my index i usually try to barre on 1st fret insted, i should try it again it seems, nice tutorial :)

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  14. Very, very informative and nicely laid out and explained. Shame I don't play any instruments lol :(

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  15. Even with an animation! you really make a good work.

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  16. detailed..thanks for sharing..awsome..keep it up

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  17. Great tips very detailed and helpfull :]

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  18. I really want to learn how to play guitar =p

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  19. Can you tell me how to finger a minor? lol

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  20. I've been trying to play guitar but it's so uncomfortable because of how I was placing my fingers and positioning my hands. These pictures are really helpful!

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