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F Major Chord on Guitar, Piano and Ukulele – How to Play it

The F major chord is built from a root note (F), a major third (A), and a perfect fifth (C):

  • Type: major triad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5.
  • Music notes: F (1) A (3) C (5).
  • Chords to play with: IV (B♭) y V (C).
F chord pentagram staff stave

F chord [Musical explanation]

The F major chord is a major triad with formula 1 – 3 – 5. Therefore, to build it we need F (1), A (3) and C (5):

what notes are in the F chord

This is due to the fact that a major chord is made up of 2 third intervals:

  • A major interval (4 half steps between the 3rd and root).
  • A minor inteval (3 half steps between the 5th and 3rd).

If we apply this principle to the F chord we obtain that:

  • A is the major third of F because it is 4 half steps above the root.
  • C is the perfect fifth of F because it is 3 half steps above the 3rd.

Thus, this confirms that the F major chord is defined by:

Root (F) – Major Third (A) – Perfect Fifth (C)

F Guitar Chord

The F major chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:

how to play F on guitar

Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the F on guitar:

F major guitar chord
F guitar diagram

Let’s start by analyzing the 3 circles in blue, which indicate that on the strings 5 (A), 4 (D) and 3 (G) we have to place the fingers 4 (pinky), 3 (ring finger) and 1 (index). In this case we have to use as well the index finger (1) to press down the strings from 6 to 1.

Note by the way the number 1 in black on the left that indicates on which fret we start playing the chord.

On the other hand, at the top we see that we have the characters:

F C F A C F

This simply means that in the:

  • Sixth string sounds the F note.
  • Fifth string sounds the C note.
  • Fourth string sounds the F note.
  • Third string sounds the A note.
  • Second string sounds the C note.
  • First string sounds the F note.

And at the bottom we find the numbers:

1  5  1  3 5 1

This indicates that in the:

  • Sixth string sounds the root (1).
  • Fifth string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
  • Fourth string sounds the root (1).
  • Third string sounds the major third (3).
  • Second string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
  • First string sounds the root (1).

⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the F chord on guitar. But it is highly recommended to know it in order to understand the musical theory behind each chord.

Other ways to play the F guitar chord

In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the F chord in the following fretboard positions:

F major chord guitar

F major triad chords and inversions

Triads

F major guitar triad chord

First Inversion (F/A)

F/A guitar chord first inversion

Second Inversion (F/C)

F/C guitar chord second inversion

What chords are in F major?

The F major scale harmonized results on the following chords:

F (I) – Gm (ii) – Am (iii) – B♭ (IV) – C (V) – Dm (vi) – Eº (viiº)

F major scale harmonized

A very good chord to practice with F is the C chord, since it is the fifth chord in the progression and the dominant.

F guitar chord

F Ukulele Chord

Here you can see as well two ways to play the F chord on the uke:

f ukulele

F Piano Chord

To play the F chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:

F major chord piano
F piano

First Inversion (F/A)

F/A piano chord 1st inversion

Second Inversión (F/C)

F/C piano chord end inversion

Music scales in which the G major chord can be found

  • F major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • F Gm Am B♭ C Dm Edim
  • C major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
  • A# major scale (harmonized with triads)
    • A# Cm Dm D# F Gm Adim
  • D minor natural scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Dm Edim F Gm Am B♭ C
  • A natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Am Bdim C Dm Em F G
  • G natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Gm Adim B♭ Cm Dm E♭ F
  • A# harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • A#m Cdim D♭aug D#m F G♭ Adim
  • A harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Am Bdim Caug Dm E F A♭dim
  • C natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • Cm Dm E♭aug F G Adim Bdim
  • A# natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
    • A#m Cm D♭aug D# F Gdim Adim

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