Fm Guitar Chord | How To Create and Play the F Minor chord

F m position 1 guitar chord diagram

The intervals that compose the F Minor chord are Root, Minor Third, and Perfect Fifth

The F Minor chord is known as:

  • F Minor
  • F Min
  • F Minor Triad
  • Fm

The notes of this chord are F, Ab, and C

Major and minor chords are the building blocks of the most common chord progressions.

Notes that compose the F m chord:


Tones in the Minor chord:


The F Minor Chord: Keys, Songs and Bar Shapes

The F minor chord is a relative of the dreaded F major chord. It's a bit easier to play because you don't need to place your ring finger, like in its major version.

However, the standard shape requires a 6 strings barre so it takes time to master it well. But once you nail it, you can play 12 minor chords by just shifting the shape up or down the neck.

The F Minor Key

Here below we show a table of the F minor key; for us guitarists, it's not the easiest key in the world, though Nirvana composed "Smell Like Teen Spirit" in this key!

Key i ii III iv v VI VII
F Fm G dim Ab Bbm Cm Db Eb

Keys With The F Minor Chords

The keys in which the F minor chord is present are not often used on guitar, but we show the most common:

Ab Major Key

In this key, the F minor chord is the relative 6th degree. It's a really hard key for guitar players.

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
Ab Ab Bbm Cm Db Eb Fm G dim

Db Major Key

Another difficult key for guitarists, as does not use many open strings:

Key I ii iii IV V vi vii
Db Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab Bbm C dim

Bb Minor Key

In this key, the F minor chord acts as a dominant chord.

Key i ii III iv v VI VII
Bb Bbm C dim Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab

Songs with the F Minor

As you already said, "Smell like teen spirit" by Nirvana is in F minor key. Other popular songs with this chord are "Dream On" by Aerosmith, "Lemon Tree" by Fool's Garden, "Believer" by Ozzy Osbourne.

F Minor Guitar Chord Voicings

Chord boxes are sorted from the easiest to the hardest. Learn how to read chord diagrams.

If you have difficulties with bar chord shapes, check the Bar Chords Tips tutorial.

Position 1

F m position 7 guitar chord diagram

Position 2

F m position 10 guitar chord diagram

Position 3

F m position 2 guitar chord diagram

Position 4

F m position 8 guitar chord diagram

Position 5

F m position 4 guitar chord diagram

Position 6

F m position 9 guitar chord diagram

Position 7

F m position 3 guitar chord diagram

Position 8

F m position 5 guitar chord diagram

Position 9

F m position 1 guitar chord diagram

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