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F#m Guitar Chord

On this page, you'll learn three ways to play F#m, pronounced F sharp minor, on the guitar.

Let's start with the most difficult, and work our way to the easiest. The classic, textbook way to play F#m looks like this:

f#m chord

You've got a barre, where you place your first finger across all the strings at the second fret, and then you use your second and third fingers to fret the fourth and fifth strings, at the fourth fret.

These barres can be really challenging, especially for beginners.

Read on below for two ways to make this chord easier to play, or be sure to check out our ultimate guide to barre chords:

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An Easier, Smaller Barre

First, barres are easier to play the smaller they are.

You've got six strings, but that doesn't mean you need to play all of them all the time.

Instead of putting your first finger across all the strings, you can just cover the first three, like this:

How to play F#m, with a smaller barre

You might find this easier to play, and you can use this chord to start to feel more comfortable practicing barres and making them sound great too.

The Easiest Version of the F#m Chord

But if you're just getting started, and want the easiest way to play an F sharp minor chord—maybe you've got a song you really want to play that uses that chord, well here it is:

How to play F#m, with no barre

This version has all the same notes as the other two, and will sound just fine.

And, when you're ready, you can always move on to another version.

Putting it all together

If you notice, all three of these versions are just different pieces of the same chord.

Take a look:

How to play F#m, with a smaller barre

The first, most difficult version uses all six strings of your guitar. The second, easier version just playes the highest four strings. And the third, easiest version (with no barre at all) uses just the highest three strings.

See which version works best for you, and keep rocking out!

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SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany F#m in the key of A Major:

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A Major
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E Major

More important chords in the key of F# Minor:

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D Major
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B Minor
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C# Minor
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G# Minor

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