1. Play the ‘Five Strings Half Barre’ version.
- You can get a fuller sound without playing a full barre chord(Especially for strumming).
- You don’t have to worry to much about not being able to properly press the 1st string because even if it’s muted you still have enough strings to get a full sound.
It’s a method that I’ve gotten use to doing naturally while studying this chord. This method may or may not work for you as it kind of depends on the thickness of your index finger. My index finger is not that thick but I can still do it so give it a try, you never know.
* Below are for the normal ‘Four Strings’ version.
3. Press the 1st and 2nd strings near the fret wire.
Try to position the 1st finger closer to the fret wire while pressing the 1st and 2nd string. By doing this you’re going to find it easier to reach the 3rd and the 4th strings with the 2nd and 3rd fingers.
4. Use the side of the index finger.
When pressing the 1st and 2nd strings with the index finger, try to angle it to the side. This part of the finger is harder and can eliminate the muted sound that can happen when you are not pressing hard enough on the strings.
5. Keep your thumb at the middle of the neck and pinch.
Try to keep your thumb at the middle of the neck especially if you use the side of the index finger method. If you do this, often time the index finger will naturally roll onto its edge.
Learning challenging chords such as the ‘F Chord’ can be frustrating for beginners but be persistent and stick with it. Try to play as much as you can because the more you play, the quicker your hands and fingers will adapt to the chords fingerings.
2 thoughts on “Beginner Guitar Lesson – 5 Tips To Play The ‘F Chord’ Easier”
keep it up bro with the tutorial. really appreciate the work you put into making this tutorial. i just started more than 6 months and yet my finger are still stiff and am trying hard to make it into veterans level.
hi, thank you and very glad that you found this useful. As for the stiff fingers, it is normal and the only way to overcome that is to keep playing and practicing..🙏😁