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F# Chord Piano

The F# Chord (also known as the F# Major Chord) is made up of three notes – F#, A# and C#.

You can play an F# chord on piano in three different ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the F# note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the F# note is the highest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the F# note is the middle note of the chord

I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail.

Then we’ll take a look at some examples of F# chords used in famous songs. These are great for practising because the tunes are so darn catchy.

But first, let’s take a look at the theory.

F# Chord Piano – Root Position

Whenever you play an F# chord on piano, and F# is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with an F# chord highlighted in root position
F# Chord Piano – Root Position

There are six positions on a standard piano where you can play an F# chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, try playing each one – first with your left hand, then your right.

Below you’ll see what all six look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.

Sheet music showing all six F# chords in root position from low to high

F# Chord Piano – First Inversion

Whenever you play an F# chord on piano, and F# is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with an F# chord highlighted in first inversion
F# Chord Piano – First Inversion

And here it is played in all positions on a standard piano:

Sheet music showing all seven F# chords in first inversion from low to high

F# Chord Piano – Second Inversion

Whenever you play an F# chord on piano, and F# is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with an F# chord highlighted in second inversion
F# Chord Piano – Second Inversion

And here is the second inversion played in all positions on a standard piano:

Sheet music showing all seven F# chords in second inversion from low to high

Famous “F# Chord” Songs

Okay, time for some fun!

Let’s take a look at some F# chords used in actual songs. I hope you enjoy the song snippets below.

Each one has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and melody in the right. That’s so that you can focus on learning the F# chord in all positions and inversions.

So first of all, see if you can play them just as they are written. But once you get comfortable with that, feel free to try each of the other F# chord inversions (covered above).

Then try them in different positions on the piano.

And if you really want to test yourself: Try playing the melody lower on the piano with your left hand, and the chords higher on the piano with your right hand.

The first song we’ll look at is Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. This arrangement uses the F# chord in root position only, so it’s a good piece to start with.

F# Chord Piano Progression 1 – Yellow Submarine

A snippet of sheet music from the song Yellow Submarine by The Beatles

The next song we’ll look at is More Than Words by Extreme. This arrangement uses the F# chord in first inversion.

F# Chord Piano Progression 2 – More Than Words

A snippet of sheet music from the song More Than Words by Extreme

The last song we’ll take a look at is The Winner Takes It All by ABBA. This arrangement uses the F# chord in both first inversion and second inversion.

Don’t forget: Once you get the hang of these progressions, have some fun with them. Practice the chords in different positions and different inversions. And listen out for which ones you like best.

F# Chord Piano Progression 3 – The Winner Takes It All

A snippet of sheet music from the song The Winner Takes It All by ABBA

That’s about all for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about F# chords.

If you have a spare minute, I’d love to hear from you. Just head on over to the contact page and send me a messageā€¦

And if you let me know which songs you’re learning (or want to learn), I’ll try to include them in future posts.