Learning How to Play the “Dreaded” F Chord

So you got all of your basic open chords down, you are playing along swimmingly and ready to learn a new song or two and then BAM, the infamous F Major Barre Chord.  So you shrug your shoulders in frustration and move on.  Well no longer my friend.  Today you are finally going to be able to play any song this chord appears in with this little cheat.

It is true.  The F Major Barre chord is one of the most difficult chords for beginners to master.    A barre chord is when one or more of your fingers are used to press down multiple strings at a time. This is extremely difficult for a beginner as you need a lot of strength in your hands to get a clean sounding chord. Not only that, but it is difficult to change from an open chord to a barre chord quickly at first.  This does not mean that the F chord is impossible, it simply means that you have to practice and build up strength in your hands.

The problem is, that there are many songs that you probably  want to learn how to play right now, that require the F chord. So who wants to wait right?

The good news is, that there is a much easier way to play this chord.  There is an awesome video below that will teach you a much easier way to play the “Dreaded F Chord” then the standard Barre Chord Version on the first fret that many beginners shy away from.  If you are feeling a little adventurous however, follow this link to learn the f major barre chord in all its glory.

The F Chord is found in the F Major Scale.  The notes of the F Major Scale are: F G A Bb C D E F.  Now to find the F Major Chord, we would locate the 1, 3 and 5 (F, A and C) of the F Major Scale.

So the notes of the F Major Chord are: F, A and C.

Here is a key that will help you read the chart:

Basic Guitar Chords Chart Key


Video Demonstration

This video was created by one of my favorite guitar teachers on YouTube, Justin Sandercoe. Justin is an excellent teacher. I highly recommend you visit Justin’s YouTube Profile for more awesome video lessons like the one below:

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Be sure to also check out his website by following the link below. On Justin’s site you can learn more about him as well as find more great lessons!

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  1. says

    Hey, thanks a lot for this post and video, has helped me a lot. I’m teaching myself to play guitar, and this chord has got in the way of me playing so many songs you wouldn’t believe it, but this video has definitely helped, thanks :)

  2. Simun Samuelsen says


    Tnx a lot for a nice a helpfull video! I gave up playing guitar for a while a go, but now i am freshing up my mind, and this video about the F chord helped me a lot!

    Tnx 😀

  3. mick says

    i allways play f as a barchord even when playing open chords as i find it easier for my self.is this ok or should i practice using the f open chord?

  4. Rokas says

    Geez man thanks a lot i thought i’d never learn this dreaded chord now it’s possible even for me :) TY

  5. justin says

    thanks for the vid im learning so much even though this lesson kind of scared me the dreaded f chord

  6. Orane says

    Wonderful! Thank you so much, the video you posted helped me so much, I will visit Justin’s profile, and thanks again so much! I’m teaching myself, and I really couldn’t get it, I thought I was the only one, too! Once again, thanks you, thanks you, thanks you!

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