F# Chord Guitar finger position charts, diagrams and photos. This lesson shows you how to play an F sharp major chord on your guitar.
(Note: in this lesson, the hash symbol (#) refers to the musical ‘sharp’ sign.)
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F# Chord Guitar Finger Position Diagrams
This page contains several ways of playing a F# Chord on guitar. The diagrams show the finger position you should use for each chord.
F# Barre Chord Shape
The chord shape below is probably the most common way of playing an F# chord. If you find the barre chord difficult, there’s a slightly easier version further down the page.
- The curved line over the top of the diagram represents a barre. This is where the 1st finger is laid over the fretboard to play notes on multiple strings.
- The number by the side of the diagram shows the fret at which you should play the chord.
You can see a photo of this chord being played below.
F# can be quite a tricky chord to play at first. This is because you need to use a ‘barre’ (sometimes called a ‘bar’). This is where the index finger plays more than one note at a time.
Barre chords take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve mastered them they’re just as easy – if not easier – than open position chords.
You can find out more about barre chords here: Barre Chords.
If you find the first F# chord shape difficult, here’s a slightly easier way of playing an F# chord on guitar:
Be careful not to play the bottom two strings! They’re not part of the chord, and won’t sound very good with the other notes. Either start your strum on the 4th string, or ignore your guitar teacher’s advice and use your thumb to mute the bottom strings!
Alternative Ways Of Playing F Sharp Major Guitar Chord
The next guitar finger position diagrams show alternative ways of playing an F# guitar chord. Use these shapes if the chord you’re moving from (or to) is in a similar fretboard position. This will allow you to finger the F# chord with minimal arm movement and fretboard squeak.
F# Guitar Chord Shape 2
This shape is based on the open position D shape. Here it is played at the 4th fret to make an F# chord.
F# Chord Shape 3
This F# chord shape is based on the open position C chord shape.
F# Guitar Chord Shape 4
Finally, the F# chord shape below is based on the open position ‘A’ shape. Played with a barre at the 9th position, it becomes an F# major chord.
F# Movable Guitar Chord Shapes
All of the F# chord shapes on this page are ‘movable’ shapes. This means that they can be used to play other major chords.
The root note of each chord is shown as a blue circle. Position this over any note on the fretboard to play the major chord with that root note.
For example, you could play an E major chord by playing any of the F# chords on this page (apart from the ‘easy’ version of the first chord) 2 frets lower.
(Notice that the first F sharp chord becomes an E chord in open position: the end of the fretboard replaces the barre.)
Chord shapes such as these are known as ‘movable’ chord shapes.
What is a F# Chord? Is a F# Chord the same as a F# Major Chord?
In a word, yes. Nearly every time you see a F# Chord diagram on sheet music, it will mean an F sharp major chord.
You may see other chords that begin with ‘F#’, but have other symbols after the letter. These aren’t F# Major Chords, and will require a different chord shape.
Notes In an F Sharp Major Chord
F# major chords are made up of 3 notes: F# (F sharp), A#, and C#.
- These notes can be played in any order in the chord (although they are usually arranged within the chord with an F# as the lowest note).
- The notes can be repeated in different octaves within the chord.
This is why there is always more than one way to play a chord on the guitar!
F# Chord Guitar Finger Position Conclusion
We hope that you have found this lesson useful, and that you can now play an F# major chord on your guitar!
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