When did you first buy your ukulele? How long did it take you to learn a bit here and there? Probably a month or six, right? Ukuleles are considered one of the easiest-to-play instruments out there. There are pretty reasonable prices, and you don’t need to spend a lot of hours behind them. However, to learn the ukulele, you need regular practice sessions. There are some tricky bits and pieces that you might need to give more effort than usual.
One of them is playing the minor F sharp on the ukulele. You may need to put in a bit more practice and understanding into it. As a beginner, you might feel lost and confused as correctly achieving this chord can be tricky.
As a result, today, we are here to solve that issue for you. We will provide a step-by-step guideline and some tricks to follow. This will help you to finally master the chord on the ukulele. So, keep reading if you don’t want to miss out.
Know Your Chords First
If you are a total beginner, you must know the basics of ukulele chords. Assuming that you have a Soprano, Concert or Tenor, since most beginners tend to buy them, you have a standard tuning. Standard ukulele tuning is G-C-E-A. The basic ukulele chords that you should know are G major, D major, and E minor. The thickest string on the ukulele, which usually comes first, is the G string. However, it may not be the same case always. If the tuning on your ukulele is different, the C string can be the thickest too.
Where Will You Put Your Fingers?
It also depends on the tuning and your dominant hand. So if you are right-handed, you will be using its fingers to strum the strings. You will have to mentally mark your fingers. Your index finger will be 1, middle finger 2, ring finger 3, and your pinky is 4. You will be placing these fingers on the fret accordingly. For example: if you are playing a C major, you will place your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the bottom string.
Know What the Symbols Mean
Before you start reading musical notes, you should get to know what all these symbols mean. You will see two symbols quite often being used: the black circle and the white circle. The black circle means to fret a note while the while circle represents an open string. Open strings are the notes that are provided at the top of the chart. They are G, C, E, and A. If you see an M, that means Major, and the m means Minor chord. CM will mean C Major, and Cm means C minor.
How to Reach the F Chord?
It can be challenging to reach the F chord as a beginner, especially since it’s not in the basic ukulele chords. To get the F chord, you will have to reach over some of the basic chords to strum. You have to keep the C and A string open on the E string with your first finger, that is, the index finger. Keep your second finger on the G string in its second fret.
F Sharp Chord Explanation
The minor chord of F sharp is also known to many musicians as the Gb minor chord. It contains the notes F#-A-C#. You will have to build the minor chord F sharp through the formula of minor triad that is (1-b3-5) and apply it to the FM (F major) scale (F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E#).
The chord F sharp minor is a minor chord, and you will need to lower the third scale degree aligning with the formula of minor triad. As a result, it will be in the notes F#-A-C# in the F# minor chord.
Let’s get into more details now:
How to Play the F Sharp Minor Chord?
We are going to teach you 3 techniques for playing the Minor Chord of F sharp today:
1. F Sharp Minor in Em Barre Shape
First, to play this method, your index finger will be barred at the 2nd fret over the strings. Then, your ring finger will be placed on A string’s 4th fret. Your pinky finger will go on D string’s 4th fret.
2. F Sharp Minor in Am Barre Shape
Am Barre shape is basically based on the Am chord, and to follow this method, you have to follow our instructions. First, your index finger will be placed on the 9th fret, and it should be barred from the A string. Keep your finger barre till the high E string. Now place your ring finger on the 11th fret of the D string and pinky on the same fret of the G string. Finally, put your middle finger on the 10th fret of the B string.
3. F Sharp Minor with 3 fingers
This technique will be more accessible for beginners to follow as you only need your 3 fingers. First, on G string’s 11th fret, your ring finger will be placed. Your middle finger will go on B string’s 10th fret. On the high E string’s 9th fret, your index finger will be placed, and you have to start strumming from the G string.
Tricks You Need to Know
- F#m or F# minor stands for F Sharp Minor.
- Put your thumb on the back of the ukulele.
- Make use of the tip of your fingers to fret.
That was the entire step-by-step process for you to get hold of the Minor chord of F sharp on the ukulele. It is pretty tricky for a beginner, but if you keep patience, you will master it. We hope that this article was helpful and refer to this if you face any issues in learning. Have a good day, and keep strumming!