F#m Chord - Learn The F Sharp Minor Guitar Chord Easily
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I’m Tomas Michaud from Starland School of Music and Real Guitar Awesomeness. This is my breaking through series, welcome. I developed this series to help beginning guitar players like yourself to breakthrough some barriers. I know when I first started playing guitar, one of the difficult things to do was play the F Sharp Minor Chord now what I usually did was avoid songs when I saw that chord but I found from teaching that it’s better to just go after right from the beginning and there is a better way to approach it so in this lesson I’m gonna show you how to play the F sharp minor chord and you’re gonna nail it.
Welcome back. F sharp minor so the most common way to play this chord is a bar chord – F sharp minor but for many guitar players that bar just doesn’t sound right at first, it hurts your fingers – it’s okay. Better to start with a simpler version that is easier to get and work into the bar in a process, in other words there’s a way to prepare for bar chords to head the time. You can check that out in my bar chord video which I will provide link down below so F sharp minor. We’re gonna use a partial bar, it’s on the 2nd fret. We’re gonna bar the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings right across that 2nd fret. This is the same kind of partial bar that we use in the first beginning F chord but now we’re gonna do 3 strings so take a look – 1st string, 2nd fret, 2nd string, 2nd fret, 3rd string 2nd fret. Put your first finger across those as close to the fret as you can get but not on top and try to raise that 2nd knuckle a little bit, it’s not gonna raise much, it looked flat more than you think but not so much angle because when you move this finger over here 4th string, 4th fret so here’s the chord sounds like. Now what I’m actually doing is when I put my 3rd finger down, I’m slightly turning my 1st finger a little to the side, it’s not flat anymore. It’s a little to the side and actually helps me to put more pressure without effort unto the strings and then when my 3rd finger goes down, I want it to be a nice little angle up and then down not flattened out like this. You don’t have leverage. This gives you leverage, see up and then straight down. Behind the neck is my thumb, this is where it helps to have a good thumb position so the pressure is between this finger and the thumb and its actually not that hard for me to press down. Again, keep it close to the fret, 4th string. Try to avoid this 1st 2 strings when you play this, not critical in the beginning – it’s not something to stress over just aim to avoid them and over time, little by little it get better.
Look to see if those strings are sounding. Shake out the hand and do it again. Start with the bar, come on. Do it with me. You got it. Put roll back a little bit – that way and then press the 3rd finger down 4th string 4th fret. It’s gonna hurt a little bit on the side but you’ll get used to it. Do that a little time every day. Again, let’s do it one more time – 2nd fret, 1st 3 strings and then 3rd finger, 4th fret 4th string.
Now the best way to get this is first to just practice like this little by little, take off, put back on, check the strings then start working into a simple chord progression. Let’s do this. Four times in the F sharp minor and let’s just pick another chord, the D, very similar to the F sharp minor that relieves that bar now we’re gonna come back for more F sharp minor. It’s just an exercise though it’s a chord progression that you’ll see in songs, sounds good. Now try doing it without stopping, slow 1-2-3 get ready, change 4 now change it. I didn’t hesitate right on the beat. Do it with me, come on - F sharp minor now (4:42) D, in the key of D major, F sharp minor is the 3 chord. How you’d like that? Back to F sharp minor – the D and we’re gonna end on the F sharp minor.
Thank you for joining me in this video. If you liked it, please share this with your friends and like it if you’re watching it on YouTube but if you’re not on my blog or you’re watching this in YouTube anywhere else, ‘get over to my blog. I’ve got a link to some more great videos as well as how to do bar chords and the more complete lesson.
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