This shape for the F major chord is one of the chords from our list of the top-10 most useable guitar chords that every beginner should learn.
- Bar index finger F and C (b-string & e-string)
Middle finger on A (G-string)
- Ring finger on F (D-string)
- Do not play the low E-string
- Do not play the A-string
Early beginners often find this chord hard to play. The two-string barred fingering makes it slightly difficult to get a clear sound for a lot of people.
In such cases, particularly in modern popular music, the Fmaj7 chord may -carefully and usually temporarily- be used as an alternative.