Fm Guitar Chord

The F Minor Chord (F, Ab, C) is one with only a few voicings outside of its popular barre chord variants, but that doesn't mean they don't exist, or that we won't be teaching them to you. Buckle up, as we take you on a short (but wild) ride through several F Minor chord voicings.

How to Play Fm Guitar Chord

Like the closely-related F Major chord, F Minor's barre chord variation will get you plenty of mileage. Let's start at the 1st fret:

Fm Guitar Chord

  • Use your 1st finger to bar the strings at the 1st fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string/3rd fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string/3rd fret

With a strong 1st finger, that voicing shouldn't be too much trouble.

Fm Guitar Chord Easy

If you run into any problems with the voicing above, you can try one of these slightly easier F Minor alternatives, also on the 1st fret:

Fm Guitar Chord Easy

  • Use your 1st finger to cover strings 1, 2, and 3 on the 1st fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string/3rd fret
  • Mute strings 5 and 6

Fm Guitar Chord Easy #2

Fm Guitar Chord Easy 2

  • Use your 1st finger to cover strings 1, 2, and 3 on the first fret
  • Mute strings 3, 4, and 5

Those should serve as suitable "stepping stones" until you're secure enough in your abilities to play the complete F Minor barre chord.

Fm Barre Guitar Chord

If you're thinking that's all too easy, however, you can try putting a twist on that first F Minor voicing we showed you, like this:

Fm Barre Guitar Chord

  • Use your 1st finger to bar the strings at the 1st fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 5th string/3rd fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string/3rd fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 1st string/4th fret

Fm Barre Guitar Chord #2

How was that stretch? It's a bit tougher than your usual minor barre chord, but nothing you can't accomplish without a bit of practice. Don't forget, you can also play F Minor as a barre chord on the 8th fret too:

Fm Barre Guitar Chord #2

  • Use your 1st finger to barre the strings at the 8th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 2nd string/9th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th string/10th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 3rd string/10th fret

Fm Guitar Chord - 5th Fret

Finally, since we promised you F Minor without the barring as well, here are two voicings you can try on the 5th and 6th frets. Get ready to mute some strings and stretch:

Fm Guitar Chord 5th Fret

  • Place your 1st finger on the 3rd string/5th fret
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 4th string/6th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 5th string/8th fret
  • Mute strings 1, 2, and 6

Fm Guitar Chord - 6th Fret

Fm Guitar Chord 6th Fret

  • Place your 1st finger on the 4th string/6th fret
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 5th string/8th fret
  • Place your 4th finger on the 1st string/8th fret
  • Mute strings 2, 3, and 6

And with that, you should be jamming on F Minor in no time flat.

You Know the Drill

By now, you know that you'll need a good workout to memorize these voicings and add them to your repertoire. Don't shortchange yourself on training time; as always, good luck, and happy practicing!

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