F Sharp Minor Guitar Chord

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How To Play The F Sharp Minor Chord


The F sharp minor or F#m chord tends to be a more intermediate chord as there isn't an easy "open" position like other chords such as Am or Em.

However, there is an easy hack!

Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of strings 1, 2 and 3 and press to the side of your hand. This is an easy BAR chord and will train your hands to eventually be able to play more advanced bar chords. 

Be sure to not play strings 4, 5 or 6!

How To Play The F sharp Minor Bar Chord On The 5th String

Intermediate level

To play a F#m bar chord,  place your 1st finger (index) on the 5th string 9th fret and lay it across strings 1-5 pressing on the side of your finger.

Then place your 3rd finger (ring finger) on the 4th string 11th fret, your 4th finger (pinky) on 3rd string 11th fret and your 2nd finger (middle) on 2nd string 10th fret.

** When you lay a finger across multiple strings this is called "barring." Like it's a bar held down across the strings.

To play a bar chord it MUST be one motion. You don't lay each finger down one at a time. 

Variation 2

Check out this variation for an easier way to work up to a F sharp minor bar chord.

This variation does not use the bar with your index finger. This will be much easier to start with before trying to do the bar. Just remember to not strum the 1st string. 

How To Play The F Sharp Minor Bar Chord On The 6th String

Intermediate level

To play a F sharp minor bar chord on the 6th string place your 1st finger (index) on the 6th string 2nd fret lay your finger across all the strings.  

Place your 3rd finger (ring) on the 5th string 4th fret and your 4th finger (pinky) on 4th string 4th fret.

The trick is to have your thumb in the correct position splitting your 1st and 3rd fingers and press your index finger slightly back so you are on the SIDE of your finger. It also helps to reinforce the bar with your 2nd finger (middle) for added strength. 

To make smooth chord transitions you'll need to be able to make the chord with ONE motion. You don't bar your 1st finger then add the other fingers in.  

Now you know a how to play the F sharp minor chord! 👊

If you'd like to learn a bit more of the theory about what's going on underneath the hood keep reading!

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What Keys Have A F# Minor Chord? 

Major keys that use a F# minor chord:
Key of D Major
Key of A Major
Key of E Major

Minor keys that use a F# minor chord:
Key of B Minor
Key of F# Minor
Key of C# Minor

What Are The Notes Of A F# Minor Chord?

A F sharp minor chord or F#m chord consists of 3 notes that are derived from the F# minor scale.
The  F#   G#   A   B   C#    D   E

When you number the notes of a scale they are called SCALE DEGREES. So to make a F# minor chord we need the 1st, 3rd and 5th "degrees."

 1         2        b3      4       5           b6       b7
F#    G#      A       B      C#        D         E     

All minor chords use the 1, 3, and 5 notes of a their corresponding scale. 

All minor keys have a flat (indicated by a "b") on the 3rd, 6th, and 7th scale degree. The reason for this is beyond the scope of this lesson. So don't worry about this right now. 

When these 3 notes are being played harmonically (played at the same time) you are playing a F# minor chord.

Notice from the chord diagrams, ONLY the notes F#, A, and C# are being used. If you have another note such as a G# note or an E note it is no longer a F# minor chord!

That being said, you can have multiple F#, A, or C# notes as show in the chord diagrams. Try playing the chord but only strum a few of the notes. Notice the chord will sound "thin" if there are only one of each note. By adding in more of the same notes you make the chord have more depth. You may even think of it as a darker or lighter shade of the same color.

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