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
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!
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.
Db Major Key
Another difficult key for guitarists, as does not use many open strings:
Bb Minor Key
In this key, the F minor chord acts as a dominant chord.
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.
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Play This Chord With Other Roots
You can create any fingering you like on any part of the fretboard, just play some of the chord tones shown in the map below. Some shapes will sound good, some less, let your ears decide!