Play the F barre chord

In the last post, we talked about how to play the F barre chord. And in case you’re still facing difficulty with playing this chord, we have found some simple ways for you to get a hang of this one hell of a chord. Well, not necessarily the same but similar enough to get you ready for the original chord– F barre chord.

Play the F barre Chord With This Simple Way

Mini F

This mini F chord is, you can say, the son if the F barre chord. In other words, it’s almost the same. However, unlike the F barre, which requires barring all 6 strings for strumming, the mini F chord requires barring only the first and second strings, or the low e and B, respectively. Take a look at it’s shape in the image below:

  • First, use your index to barre the aforementioned 1st and 2nd strings of the first fret. At this point, it’s much easier to just barre two strings instead of the whole set.
  • Press down the second fret of the 3rd string, or the G string, with your middle finger.
  • Then, fret down the 3rd fret of the 5th string, or A string, with your ring finger.
  • Lastly, press again the 3rd fret of the 4th string, or D string, with your pinky finger.

Strum all strings except for the high E, or 6th string. OR you can just exclude the 5th string with its note on the 3rd fret. Both work equally well.

You may have noticed that the last 3 steps are exactly same as in the F barre chord. But then again, how much of a difference between a father and son can one expect?

This was the mini F chord.

Next on the list we’ve got the simple F chord. A more simplified version of the F barre chord. Now, the good news is that we don’t need to barre any strings here. It’s just a simple chord like the C, G, Am, and whatnot. Let’s celebrate, y’all!

So, what exactly does this life savoir look like? Refer to the chord shape below:

As you can see, the chord is very simple. We bet you will be able to do it yourself without directions. But for the sake of convenience, we will add the instructions.

  • Start by pressing the first fret of the B, or 2nd string with your index finger.
  • Press the 2nd fret of the 3rd string (G string) with your middle finger.
  • Fret down the 3rd fret of the 5th string with your ring finger.
  • Last but not least, press the 3rd fret of the 4th string with your pinky finger down.

At the end, strum all string, excluding the first and last strings, or the low e and high E, respectively.

And there you have it! The F barre chord made easy thanks to two simple chords. That doesn’t mean that you should spend the rest of your learning journey avoiding this particular chord. If anything, you would be making a huge mistake. Until you strengthen your finger muscles, use these pair of chords.  Until then, start adding the F barre chord to your practice sessions.

See also: Should You Start With An Acoustic Guitar or Electric Guitar?

Happy Playin’!

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