F Chord on Guitar

F Open Chord

This is how to play an F chord on guitar, and (also the typical F chord on guitar for beginners to learn.) F Major is comprised of F – A – C. The first, third and fifth notes of the F Major scale. Finger the chord by laying your index finger across the first two strings at the first fret. Middle finger goes on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string, and ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string.

F Chord
F Chord

You may wonder about adding in the 5th string as well, since playing that open string would be an A. You can go ahead and do that, in which case it will be called an A over F or F slash A.

F/A open chord
F/A open chord

Additionally, you can play the C on the 5th string as well for a C over F chord, or F slash C.

F/C open Chord
F/C open Chord

Barre Chord

Another way to play an F Major chord on guitar is the F Barre Chord. You lay your index finger across, acting as a bar, across one entire fret. You can think of this as a sliding nut, or like using a capo. Notice how it’s basically an F/C chord with another F added on the 6th strip.

F Barre Chord

You can also slide this up to the 13th fret to play it an octave higher.

The F Major barre can be played on the 5th string as well.

F Barre Chord 5th String
F Barre Chord 5th String

F Power Chord on Guitar

The F power chord is essentially the root (F) and the 5th (C) with another root added an octave higher, which just acts as reinforcement. It gives it a bit more “power” and fullness. You can swap this interchangeably with the F5, which is just the root and the 5th.

F Power Chord
F Power Chord

You can also play the F power chord on the 5th string.

F Power Chord 5th String
F Power Chord 5th String

Alternatives

This one is not the easiest to finger, but is another option for F

Triads

Triads are just the root-third-fifth in any position, but often are played on the first three strings. These are probably the easiest F chord on guitar. You can also shift the third note to the first position, so the order is now third-fifth-root, which is called the first interval. Additionally, you can shift the fifth to the first position so it’s fifth-root-third, which is the second interval.

F Triad Chord
F Triad Chord
F Triad Chord First Inversion
F Triad Chord First Inversion
F Triad Chord Second Inversion
F Triad Chord Second Inversion

Check out our post on the C Chord on guitar.

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