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3 Ways of Playing F Chord – Guitar Lesson – Guitar for Beginners Stage 6 [BC-161]

October 17, 2019

Now, every single person
I’ve ever taught to play guitar, in all the years I’ve been teaching,
has struggled with this chord. I struggled with this chord,
everybody struggles with this chord. It’s almost a bit of a rite of passage: if you’re going to play guitar, you have to struggle your way through
playing F chord. But you learn loads in the process: your fingers develop
loads of kind of better techniques and strength and flexibility
and it’s something, you can’t avoid it but you have to face it
and the only way to do it is to practice it and practice it
and practice it. Now what I am going to show you, is a few different ways of playing an F chord. Now the first one, which is really
the one that I kind of recommend, is going to be the F barre chord. Now, there are smaller ways of doing it,
which are easier, and, for some people,
are a better way of doing it. But I’ve been really experiencing
a lot of progress with students that I’m just throwing straight
in the deep end and going : “try this barre chord”.
And I think it works. About 70% of the time,
people just get it and then they got the big chord from then on.
Which is great. For those of you that struggle
or if you’re young and your fingers are a little bit small,
a little bit weak, you might not be able to play
the first big F chord that I’ll show you. And you might have to resort
to one of the other two. But that’s okay.
You use those other two as well. I still use the little two as well.
It’s not just like: the big one is the big daddy
and that’s the proper one and the other ones never get used. They all get used, just the big barre chord one
is the toughest one. So here’s our little F chord.
And this is an F barre chord, because this first finger here
is creating a barre and pressing down all of the strings. We do have , of course,
fingers in front of the barre, . . . which enable us to play our F chord. And the way to think of this chord
that you’re playing, is it’s really kind of an E chord, but your first finger is replacing the nut. So, if I go back and I’ll show you,
there’s an E chord, now if I play the same dots of the E chord but remove my first finger,
second finger goes to where first finger was, third finger goes where second finger and little finger goes
where third finger was. We still got an E. it sounds the same,
but it’s now using different fingers. If we slide that up a fret
and put our first finger down, . . . we end up with an F barre chord.
Now, this is difficult because of how much pressure
you have to do here between your thumb and your first finger in order to hold that finger down
and press all of the notes. It is a tough chord.
There’s no doubt about it. It also helps if you think
your first finger is kind of pressing in a bit sideways. It’s not really the flat of the finger,
it’s really the kind of the angled edge. If I’m here, we’re still in the shot, Jed? So, it’s this little kind of that part of your finger
that does the pressing. It’s not the fleshy part down here,
because that’s too soft. We’re after this little edge part,
which is really hard. So, when it’s on your chord there,
it’s nice and tight and I can really lock in. The thing to do with it,
if you’re going to try this F is : have a bit of a go at it,
maybe you try it for a week, pick out the notes one at a time . . . See if you can get most of the notes ringing out and if you can, if you can get say,
three out of the six ringing out clearly, then you want to persevere probably
with trying to do this version of the F chord. The hardest notes to do are
these thinest two strings, is getting the barre down enough . . . to work on those two. Now, if you really want to persevere with this one, you might want to go
and check out the videos I’ve got on playing barre chords as well, just because those videos go
for twenty minutes or something and there’s a lot more information
than I can go through here, on playing the barre. Because only a certain percentage of you
are going to be able to do this barre chord F. So those of you that don’t want to do this one or find the barre chord a little bit too full on, you might want to go to this second version
which I call “Old School”. . . . And in this version, we’ve taken away the note
from the thickest string. So we’re no longer having to do a big barre, but we do have to do a little barre here
with the first finger, which is covering two strings. So instead of being the point, like we have been for all of our chords so far,
or most of the chords, we’re doing a little barre.
Much like that A mini barre we looked at. And we’re just trying to think of keeping
that knuckle forward too. That’s pretty important. Then the other fingers are in the same position
as they were for the other F chord. That’s second finger,
second fret, third string, third finger,
third fret, fifth string and little finger underneath
third fret, fourth string and first finger down. For most people,
they find it easier to do it that way. To do second finger, third finger,
fourth finger and then try and get that barre down.
It does feel a little bit awkward. Most people struggle with this chord. Not normally as much as the big barre chord F,
but it’s still a little difficult. The thing that you want to do
here as well is make sure the third finger is muting that sixth string. It only just has to touch the sixth string lightly, and . . . we still got ourselves a pretty nice F chord. Of course we haven’t got
an F bass note on this chord, but it sounds pretty cool and this is the one used a lot
in the kind of the old school. In the 60’s and the 70’s,
most people played the F chord like this. Now if that’s still,
you’re finding that a little bit too big, you can also do this third version,
which I call the small F, which is: first, first two fingers stay the same and we just have the third finger here,
on the thinner string. So, if you remember back to our Fmaj7 chord, which looked like this,
very nice, simple little chord. And all we have to do is:
lay the first finger, lift it up and put it down flat
so it covers the thinnest two strings. . . . And we have now our F chord,
which is kind of an F mini chord if you like. Now, and this is a very common,
cool way of playing F chord for beginners. You can still need a little bit of strength there
with the thumb in the back. Now, there’s a more advanced version
of this one as well, where you can actually
wrap whole hand around and bring your thumb over the top here, to play the bass note with your thumb. . . . Now, I definitely, definitely don’t recommend
you doing that one for now. That one’s pretty tough.
But just in case you see other people, you might see mee doing it, I very often play the barre chord F like this instead of playing barre chord F like that.
So, just be aware of it, but I wouldn’t be trying to do
the thumb wrapping over technique until you’re well into your intermediate
kind of level guitar stuff. Not as a beginner. You’ve got there three different ways to play F. It is a tough little cookie as I said.
Everyone struggles with it, including me. I had a horrible time with F chord
when I learned it. In fact, I struggled with G chord as well, which most of my students don’t seem to.
But I found G really hard. So, don’t be one of those guys like me, that runs around looking for songs
that don’t have F or G in it. That’s not cool. Just face up to it,
get in there and practice it. Because it is only practice
that’s going to make it better. Your hand is going to hurt a little bit,
particularly this muscle in here, between your thumb and your first finger. This is the muscle that has to get
the biggest workout from your barres. It is a bit tough, just takes practice.
Just like going to the gym or whatever. Every time you’re doing it,
you’re making that muscle work a little bit harder and it gets a little bit stronger.
So, that’s F. This is a really, really important part of this stage. There is another important part as well. Like I said earlier: this is an important stage.
You’ve got an F chord and you’re going to learn to use ties as well,
which is a strumming technique. So, lots of practice on your F chord. And I’m going to see you in a very short leave, for some one minute changes involving F.


  • Reply Pogi si Joe March 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Play ukulele instead if you're struggling with this f ing chord

  • Reply Nedimkoo シ March 18, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Fuck this

  • Reply kai juju March 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Hell yeah thanks

  • Reply Tanel Tursk March 28, 2019 at 11:01 am


  • Reply Portia April 8, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Trying the third way cause I need to get from C to F but it’s a filling pain

  • Reply Its Elit3Gunner April 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    i was 6 when dude made the vd

  • Reply Richell Mcknight April 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I think it's MUCH easier to play barre chords if you play guitar in the classical position, resting it on your left leg, instead of right. I started learning guitar in this position, because as a small female with a prominent chest, it was MUCH more comfortable, lol, but found there were some perks I didn't account for, this being one of them!😁💖 I've tried switching sides and playing with the guitar resting on my right leg, and DAMN are those Barre chords hard! Your hand, arm, shoulder are in a completely different position, it's crazy how much of a difference it makes! So that's my tip, for anyone that just can't get the barre chords, change sides with the guitar!😁 It even makes the index finger half roll easier to perform😉💖

  • Reply James Honrett April 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    That trick when you set the bar REALLY inspired me. I swear. After I learned that, I started doing crazy stuff. It was like figuring out algebra for me it was crazy! You helped me figure it out with ease in like just the first 2 minutes of the video. But I'm watching the rest. Thanks again!

  • Reply Emerald Thoughts April 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    It’s the fucking pinky 🤦🏽‍♂️ it’s like it’s paralyzed 😂

  • Reply Hi Cute Boy April 21, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Correct practice is everything

  • Reply Ravi Muddashetty April 22, 2019 at 5:53 am

    You talk too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Jp_Game 13 April 27, 2019 at 1:08 am

    This was the easiest one for me

  • Reply Kadozu April 27, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    F chords gives me wrinkles

  • Reply Sanderfoxwolf Animations May 1, 2019 at 4:48 am

    kinda easy

  • Reply ねた ず May 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    The third way is easy it's like the C chord and put the two fingers at the top one string down and pin the index finger on the first two strings

  • Reply Addy Kennedy May 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    It’s a sad day when you’re fully grown and your fingers aren’t long enough to play a bar chord…

  • Reply Controlled Chaos. May 8, 2019 at 2:11 am

    There is a reason it’s called the F c-Chord. Bar chords are such a pain for my weak little fingers.

  • Reply watch and have fun with me May 13, 2019 at 5:18 am

    The 3rd one is the easiest way 😂😁😁😂😂😁😁..but I love all your tutorials.. I already Watch the above, and D chords

  • Reply William Guzman May 14, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I can see how the ‘Bar Chords’ invented their name. Whoever invented them must’ve been drunk out of his mind..

  • Reply FxnWaySheGoes May 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Man, fuck this.

  • Reply _cheesy cheesecake_ May 17, 2019 at 6:41 am

    i need to press my whole finger down just to get everything down :'D

  • Reply Ixxgxx May 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    What a pain in the ass.

  • Reply raja gopallavan May 19, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Ha I got on the first try boom!

  • Reply Julian Veri May 19, 2019 at 11:18 am


  • Reply Larry Mar May 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    The greatest accomplishment you will ever have playing guitar is nailing down that F chord. It's worth the journey!

  • Reply Brian Donut The Sincere Guy May 23, 2019 at 3:34 am

    The f chord injured my left thumb 🙁

  • Reply Graham Wong May 27, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    On an acoustic, it's very difficult, but on an electric, it's very easy to nail. That's why I'm glad I started learning on an acoustic.

  • Reply GK Lee May 31, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I actually was about to give up on this song then found your video

  • Reply Leny Pabito June 1, 2019 at 6:35 am

    F#m please

  • Reply Napoleon Garcias June 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I hate F chord

  • Reply Bruno lopes June 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    YEAH… but onvce you learn do it with the bar the options are limitness….

  • Reply Blessy Jane June 6, 2019 at 7:27 am

    This chord make me cry everytime I learn😒

  • Reply Sushil Gandhi June 7, 2019 at 7:48 am

    U just waste time nothing else

  • Reply Alexander Kingaard June 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Hahaha ive been playing the F-it chord for years thinning i did it correctly by ear when i first was teaching myself how to play…work smarter not harder now i gotta unlearn a bad fun habit bloody helllllll

  • Reply Jonny June 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Pulled off the big bar F with no problem on the first try, meanwhile every other F chord is giving me a F-ing head/finger-ache. I guess everyone is different

  • Reply Lou Lou June 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    There is something quite humorous about your video getting 2+ million views.

    You probably did a a good very good job at explaining the scary 'F' chord. You have a really good attitude about it.


  • Reply Lou Lou June 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I find transitioning in and out of G to be pretty tough. You're not alone, buddy.

  • Reply SNUX June 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    how trhe fuck do ipress al strings, my hands dont work like that

  • Reply Andie German June 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    My…fingers..dont reach..

  • Reply Kanchan jangha June 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I like ur teching idea tq so much.

  • Reply JackAlope ! June 25, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Just made my first F Bar chord… and now my right hand is cramping. Worth it.

  • Reply Amanda Panzarino June 26, 2019 at 2:56 am

    i put my first finger on the first fret of the b, my second finger on the first fret of the high e, my third finger on the second fret of the g, and my fourth finger on the third fret of the d, strumming the last four strings. is that bad?

  • Reply Pawan Gupta June 27, 2019 at 7:47 am

    This one is tough but I think we will do it by practicing it daily

  • Reply Kaya Francel June 29, 2019 at 6:10 am

    This video was super helpful… especially since I have legitimate child-sized hands.

    (P.S. I still hate F chord, but I need it to learn a song, so, ya know.)

  • Reply Fatimah Sirin Alaydrus June 29, 2019 at 5:16 pm


  • Reply Aye Yuh Aye Yuh July 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    BEGGINERS! You could just play the F power chord with the added middle finger on the 2nd fret of the G string.

  • Reply Niamh hunt July 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    This video really helped me, the last one was the one for
    Me ☺️

  • Reply Isaias Morais July 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Fala portugues

  • Reply Adam Wilson July 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Only wanted to know the f chord didn’t want to hear your life story mate

  • Reply Adam Wilson July 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    How do you get a 7 minutes video out of a guitar chord

  • Reply Killer Queen July 17, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Welp guess I am going to continue to avoid this chord for now

  • Reply sunbeam July 18, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Thank you! After a whole 20 minutes of learning this chord, I now consider myself as master guitar player. so I'll be going on tour next week. Stay tuned!

  • Reply Bob Molly July 18, 2019 at 9:33 pm


  • Reply Kicked in the Biscuits July 18, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Lol I don't know why but I struggle with G more than this!

  • Reply ShawnChua July 20, 2019 at 6:09 am

    The chord played when you die.

  • Reply keith acosta July 20, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I’ll stick with the bar 🤣

  • Reply ArmaGeddON.! July 23, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    So first i need to hit the gym to play guitar

  • Reply Gianttomi July 25, 2019 at 3:38 am

    The F in F chord stand for Finger Pain

  • Reply pleasedontbullyme July 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    The f chord almost broke my fingers

  • Reply Draw July 29, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Yay I can !
    After 12-16 tries, I think I need more durable fingers.

  • Reply •[ x â v i e r ]• July 31, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Me a poor musician just can't take it with this Fu##ing chord (;-;)

  • Reply NovanoDelta July 31, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Lmao i accidentally just mastered the f chord in the first 10 secs. Time to play что такое осень now

  • Reply Quin Hidings August 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I came here knowing all of these but pretending like you would be able to show me something new

  • Reply elo pelo August 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I recommend decrease the action of string to easier playing of barre chords, not only F.

  • Reply Wayne Atkinson August 6, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Can I not just tune the guitar differently so I don't have to put my fingers in these god awful positions but still get the same notes, haha

  • Reply Nothing much August 6, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I saw the thumbnail and screeched like a baby dear

  • Reply Devil's STrike Gaming August 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    thanks a lot now i know how to play f major

  • Reply Iñaki Segismundo August 23, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Its really not that hard i just thougjt of it as just another barre chord

  • Reply B Kamara August 24, 2019 at 6:26 am

    How do you bar those two strings😭

  • Reply Adrian Russell August 25, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Justine I can play it with ease on the electric, but i can not make contact with the 3rd (G) string on the acoustic and it drives me mad

  • Reply alina August 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I did it on the first try.

  • Reply Rebbeca Noir August 30, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    When he says ever one has had problems with this cord… Me ➡️ 😓😓😓😓😨😓

  • Reply Rebbeca Noir August 30, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I have small fingers… 🙁

  • Reply Mönkey September 3, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Thank god that this guy exists. Really!

  • Reply Annie 7216 September 4, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I managed the second f chord without trouble, now i dont if i did it wrong, or im just really good….

  • Reply cool guy juice September 6, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    man i got it so fast im proudof myself

  • Reply Potato Pikachu September 8, 2019 at 2:15 am

    thank you so much! I was having trouble playing the f in riptide so I searched up how to play it. this was not a waste of time.

  • Reply Ameera Alghoul September 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    what about girls they have weaker fingers than guys. will it change with practice?

  • Reply Umniah September 12, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Guys i tried this way and it worked like a charm! Put your 4th finger on the 3rd fret the 4th string , your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret the 3rd string and your first finger on the first frets of the first and second string and put your second finger on the top of the first finger that will keep the first finger steady and good luck! 🙂

  • Reply Lam Tran September 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Sir. It is great – easy to follow.

  • Reply No Body September 15, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Wtf is this

  • Reply Xr_Razor W0lf_Xx September 16, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    My favourite way which might be cheating slightly is first string first fret, third string second fret then fourth string third fret. (Don’t play top string)

  • Reply Martin Jordan September 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Takes a while to get correct
    Great video

  • Reply Sean Durham September 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    My problem is I've got big American bear paws with fat sausages for fingers. Good for only three things: fighting, jerking off, and counting money.

  • Reply jhazie-mhyn dela torre September 20, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    hey justin i cant reach it 😢

  • Reply penguinjam9000 September 26, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for this video 🙂

  • Reply Vachan Gaming September 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I played it in my 2 try

  • Reply Subscribe to PaymoneyWubby September 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    The barred F chord sounds AWFUL with the G string in my guitar

  • Reply Hitesh Chaudhary September 27, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I am stuck at this level from past 20 days and unable to play 2nd string geezzz😩😩

  • Reply Pandix Animations September 27, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Thats it im sticking to my piano ;-; and now i know why its called the F chord because it makes people say “F***!! Too hard!”

  • Reply theapocilip September 28, 2019 at 5:16 am

    It’s so hard 😭

  • Reply John Hancock October 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    The A chord is harder.
    becuase my fingers are bigger.

  • Reply John Hancock October 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    im really good at this chord. i think its the easyest!

  • Reply La Bishop October 5, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Too much talk

  • Reply La Bishop October 5, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Too much talk

  • Reply Gazrat jackson October 5, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I hate everyone that can play the barre f chord…everyone..

  • Reply Sam Daniele October 8, 2019 at 8:59 am

    This guy is just the best!

  • Reply Endgamer Unknown October 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I still can't do it been 5 months f this cord

  • Reply J.nguyenn October 13, 2019 at 3:40 am

    How to play the F-chord:

    1. Play the F-chord.
    2. Scream FUCK
    3. You have successfully played the F-chord.

  • Reply Charles S. October 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    As a beginner I found a great simple song to really work that F Barre Chord. Look up "Falling Slowly" and play the chord version, strumming. Half the song is F chords. The full chord also sound best here I think. Makes learning this full chord a little more fun for sure!!

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