LukinFan wrote:It's a form of what BinFrog suggested. I'm barring the whole first fret with my index finger (but mainly concentrating on the top two strings - B and E) and then my middle finger is on the G string, 2nd fret, and then finally my ring finger is on the D string, 3rd fret (where my pinky should be). I only strum the top four strings, leaving my pinky to just hangout. I know it's not the proper F chord, but it seems to work and make me feel a lot less frustrated.
It's not a form of what I suggested...it IS what I suggested
The easiest way to play F is xx3211. You get all 3 notes of F major in, without having to clamp down on the E and A strings.
F major scale is: F G A Bb C D E
To play a major chord in its simplest form (i.e. no 7ths or anything), you need the 1, 3 and 5 notes of the major scale (Ionian, Phrygian and Mixolydian modes). For F that's: F A C
If you were to play all 6 strings and the "proper" form of F:
1 3 3 2 1 1
F C F A C F
If you play the "simple" way I outlined, you are taking out the F and C notes on the E and A strings, leaving you with:
x x F A C F
All 3 notes you need to complete the chord are still there. Plus like I said, it's easy to switch to other chords from there, and back again. Switching to/from C or G is much easier with this chord variation.
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