The F chord on the guitar is one of the toughest chords for beginners to learn. But do not fret (see what I did there?).

With enough practice, the F major chord will be as easy to play as any other you’ve learned.

Playing the F Chord

Here is the basic version of the F major chord. It is played by barring the first two strings with the first finger on the first fret, then picking up the A note with the second finger on the second fret of the 3rd string, and grabbing the F note with the third finger on the third fret of the 4th string.

F chord guitar First position

For Fuller Sound

Here is the barred version of the F major chord that gives you a more full, fat sound.

This chord is played by barring the first fret with your first finger, then placing your pinkey and ring finger on the 4th and 5th strings on the 3rd fret, then placing your second finger on the 3rd string second fret.

F bar chord guitar First position

For Lighter Sound

Try this version for a lighter sound. This one is played on the 8th fret by barring string 1 through 5 with your first finger then barring the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with your ring finger.

The chord diagram here has you using fingers 2,3,4 for the 10th fret notes. Try it both ways and see what is more comfortable.

F bar chord guitar First position

There, now you know three version of the F chord on guitar.

Practice switching from C to F and F to C. Then try switching from G to D to F to C. See if you can tell which Led Zepellin song that is!

For more tips, see how to make your guitar chords easy to play. Also, learn more about guitar chords for beginners including how to take the chords you just learned and move them around the fretboard for new and exciting sounds.