Introduction to the F#m guitar chord
In this beginner’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play the F#m guitar chord (F sharp minor).
You’ll look at 3 chords diagrams, learn the finger placement step-by-step, and learn the theory behind the chord.
F#m guitar chord diagrams
Standard F#m shape
The standard F#m shape is played in the 2nd position. It’s a barre chord, so make sure you understand them before you try it!
Here’s how to play the standard F#m shape, step-by-step:
- Place your first finger on the 2nd fret, low E string
- Place your ring finger on the 4th fret, A string
- Place your pinky finger on the 4th fret, D string. At this point, your shape will resemble a power chord.
- Barre your index finger at the 2nd fret across the rest of the strings.
Easy F#m shape
Looking for a simplified, easier way to play the 2nd position F#m guitar chord? This is arguably the easiest way to play the F#m chord, without sacrificing too much of the lower range.
- Using your index finger, barre the 2nd frets of the G,B, and high E strings. Remember, try to use the bony side of your finger to play the barre, and practice the barre by itself before adding more fingers.
- Place your ring finger on the 4th fret of the D string.
- Strum the D,G,B, and high E strings. Make sure you don’t hit the Low E or A strings.
Easiest F#m (without barring)
If you just can’t get down that pesky barre, you can use this F#m shape. It’s not a very creative sounding version of the chord, but it does work!
This is how you play the F#m chord without barring:
- Place your ring finger on the 2nd fret, high E string
- Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret, B string
- Place your index finger on the 2nd fret, G string
F#m barre chord variation
Moving away from the second position of the fretboard, you can find lots of F#m chord variations.
The most popular F#m variation is arguably the barre chord shape at the 9th fret of the A string. It’s based on the open A minor chord shape.
Here’s how to play it:
- Place your middle finger on fret 10 of the B string
- Place your pinky finger on fret 11 of the G string
- Place your ring finger on fret 11 of the D string. By this point you will have an A minor shape.
- Place your index finger on the fret 9 of the A string.
- Barre your index finger so it hits fret 9 of the high E string. You don’t need to emphasize the barre on the strings in-between. Focus your barre’s energy on the 9th fret A and high E.
- Strum the high 5 strings on guitar, leaving out the low E string.
Understanding the F#m guitar chord
Now that you understand how to play the F#m chord, you can learn how it’s constructed.
F#m Chord Notes
The notes in an F#m chord are: F#-A-C#
This chord can be written/ shown as:
F#m – F#min – F# minor – F sharp minor
F Sharp Minor Chord Intervals
Keys with the F#m chord
These are the 3 minor keys with an F#m chord:
Conclusion: Practicing the F#m guitar chord
Learning to play the F#m guitar chord was the first step, and now it’s time to put it into practice!
Take any of the keys with the F# minor chord, and play progressions in those keys that use the F#m chord.
You can also seek out popular songs that use the chord. Heck, that may have been what brought you to this lesson in the first place.
Cheers, and happy playing!