Invite to the most recent installation of Chord by Chord, a series designed to construct your understanding of consistency and the fretboard. In the last lesson, I taught you how to move from the I to the V in the key of E major. This time, I’ll reveal you a brand-new minor chord, F# m.

Learn 6 Ways to Play F# Minor | Chord by Chord

If you keep in mind, a small triad has three notes– the root, the minor 3rd, and the fifth. Example 1 reveals the notes in an F# m chord (F# A C#). F# m is generally played as barre chord, and Example 2a shows the lowest variation on the fretboard. If you want, you might play this chord using just the top or bottom 4 strings. Example 2b reveals a various fingering where you can remove the 5th string by wrapping your thumb around the neck to fret the most affordable note.

Example 3 reveals a compact voicing higher up the neck, on simply the top four strings. Keep in mind that in this voicing, the most affordable note (A) is the third. For an F# m barre chord up at the ninth fret, see Example 4a. After that, try Example 4b, a three-note voicing originated from that exact same chord. Moving right along, it’s impractical to play a complete barre chord at the 14th fret on acoustic guitar, so Example 5 shows an alternative– simply barre the leading 3 strings at the 14th fret for an F# m chord.

You should now know a bunch of various F# m voicings up and down the fretboard. A tune that makes usage of this chord is “Basic Male” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Note that Lynyrd Skynyrd utilized a capo at the 2nd fret, triggering the chord to sound as G #m.) In the next lesson, I’ll reveal you another new minor chord, C# m.