To play the F chord on a guitar, first understand that the lowest string located near the top of the guitar is referred to as the sixth string, and the highest string is referred to as the first string. Position your fingers in the correct places, and strum the strings from the sixth string to first string.
- Position your index finger across the fret board
Place your index finger on the first fret across all six strings. Doing this allows you to play a barre chord, or a chord where one or more fingers presses down on multiple strings across the fret board.
- Position the remaining fingers on the fret board
Place your ring finger on the third fret of the fifth string, your pinkie on the third fret of the fourth string and your middle finger on the second fret of the third string. Your index finger should remain on the first fret of the sixth, second and first strings.
- Strum the F chord
Strike the guitar strings from the sixth string down to the first string. Be sure to make contact with the sixth string first, as the sixth string is the base F note in the F chord.