Learn How to Play the Fm7 Guitar Chord
Learn how to play Fm7 chord (Also known as F Minor 7, F Minor 7th) on guitar, with this free online guitar chord lesson. The F Minor 7 Guitar Chord is a challenging chord to play, especially if you are an absolute beginner.
The Fm7 Guitar Chord is found by locating the 1, b3, 5 and b7 positions (F, Ab, C and Eb) of the F Major Scale: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, and E. The “b3” symbol is a flattened 3rd, which means that you take the 3rd step of the F Major Scale and flatten it by 1/2 step to get your Ab note. The “b7” symbol stands for a flattened 7th, which means you find the 7th position of the F Major scale and flatten it by 1/2 step to get your Eb note. This chord is similar to the F Minor Guitar Chord only you are adding the Flattened 7th note of the F Major Scale, hence the name “Minor 7th”.
So the notes of the F Minor 7th chord are: F, Ab, C and Eb
Here is a key that will help you read the charts:
Everything on the above chart should be self explanatory, except for the last three in the third column. They may need a bit of explaining. The O, or open symbol, simply means that you do not press down on any notes on that string. The X means you do not strum that particular string. The Barre symbol means you need to barre that particular fret. When you barre a fret you are pressing down on multiple strings at the same time with one finger.
F Minor Guitar Chord Video Demonstration
Chord Playing Tips
Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough and play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.