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Old 12-27-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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problems with the F chord

I just got an acustic guitar so I am very new at this. I know all my other chords and they ring nicely. I just can't get the F chord or the Fm to ring. I don't understand what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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It's hard and takes ages mate. Seriously, don't fret (pun not intended).

Could take a few months, maybe a year. Honestly.

Learn the F chord like this first of all, with the thumb behind the neck so you gut used to the feeling of that thumb position.

Pick the notes individually to ensure everyone rings clearly, especially the 1st fret b and top e strings, cuz that's where your barre-ing with the first finger.

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Yup its a tough one,
Playing the chord is the easy part, learning to change to it seamlessly is the hard part, especially from the open G chord.
Practice the chord everyday for 15 minutes until you can play with all the strings ringing clearly, and then dig the metronome out and practice transitions!
It took me six months, but the F chord is now as comfortable as a Em.
The F is an essential chord, so if you want to play guitar the F barre chord is your biggest hurdle.
Patience and dedication my friend.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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thanks. I just can't get the strings to ring in the cord. Does this just take practice or am i doing the fingering wrong?
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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What fingering are you playing?
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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Yup its a tough one,
Playing the chord is the easy part, learning to change to it seamlessly is the hard part, especially from the open G chord.
Practice the chord everyday for 15 minutes until you can play with all the strings ringing clearly, and then dig the metronome out and practice transitions!
It took me six months, but the F chord is now as comfortable as a Em.
The F is an essential chord, so if you want to play guitar the F barre chord is your biggest hurdle.
Patience and dedication my friend.
I am doing ring finger on A and last finger on D in the third fret, middle finger on G in the second fret, and index finger bars the high E and B in the first fret. When I play the cord, the strings dont ring.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
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What fingering are you playing?


I am doing ring finger on A and last finger on D in the third fret, middle finger on G in the second fret, and index finger bars the high E and B in the first fret. When I play the cord, the strings dont ring.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:40 PM   #8
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They won't ring cuz you're a beginner. Read the first line of my first post. What did I say?

Practice Dm7 instead, again with the thumb behind the neck to get used to the feeling of that position. Barre with the 1st finger on the b and top e as usual.

Do that everyday for a fortnight.

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Old 12-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #9
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Don't sweat it. ALL guitarists struggle with this one when they start out. That's why some refer to it as the "dreaded F chord". Just keep at it and you'll get it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
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Bar chords are the major problem of beginner guitarists but don't give up, just practice!Everybody has been threw the same drill. You can start by baring only the e and A strings then move on to the whole bar chord. Pick each string individually and try to figure out what you are doing wrong. 20-30 minutes a day and you'll be shredding your F chord in no time. Good luck.
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The F is an essential chord, so if you want to play guitar the F barre chord is your biggest hurdle.


Yup. It's harder than sweep tapping.

Just wait till you start with the CAGED chords. The G shape is especially cuntish. But like you said, after however many years I can jump from shape to shape and improvise Froosh style.

Keep going TS!
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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Just wait till you start with the CAGED chords. The G shape is especially cuntish.

Lol. Not a barre chord, but a 1st inversion Am7 is also a cunt.

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TS, there are many cuntish chords out there for you discover in the many years ahead of you.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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Yup. It's harder than sweep tapping.

I was referring as a beginner guitarist up to a certain point
Many people give up not overcoming the F chord.
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I was referring as a beginner guitarist up to a certain point
Many people give up not overcoming the F chord.


Twas just a joke, Sir
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #15
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They won't ring cuz you're a beginner. Read the first line of my first post. What did I say?

Practice Dm7 instead, again with the thumb behind the neck to get used to the feeling of that position. Barre with the 1st finger on the b and top e as usual.

Do that everyday for a fortnight.

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ok Thanks for the help
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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Thank you so much for all the advice. It has really helped me!
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