How to Play F Minor on the Guitar (Free Video Lesson)

F Minor can be a tricky chord for beginners!  It requires you to use a partial barre with your index finger on the first fret. Essentially, your index finger covers strings 1, 2 and 3 (also known as the high E string, B string and the G string) while your ring finger is on the 3rd fret of the D string.

My suggestion is to go slow with this chord and practice trying to get each string to sound clean. A partial barre is a stepping stone to a full barre chord, and really an important step in unlocking the rest of the guitar fretboard. It may take some time to feel comfortable with this chord, but it will be well worth the effort.

Practice an F Minor chord using the video below:

How to Play an F Minor on the Guitar:
  • Place Your Left Index Finger between Strings 3 and 1 on the 1st Fret - this is a Partial Barre Chord Form
  • Place Your Left Ring Finger on the 4th String, 3rd Fret
  • Strings 6 and 5 are not used in this F Minor Chord

Keep in mind that there are other ways to play an F Minor on the guitar, but overall this chord shape is a good one to practice. This version of the chord is located on the first few frets and also allows you to experiment with partial barring.

Have you had difficulty with barre chords or partial barre chords? What steps did you take to improve and become more comfortable as a guitar player?

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