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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 actually 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 A note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the C note is the lowest note of the chord

I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail.

And then we’ll take a look at some FAMOUS SONGS which use F chords. These make for great practice material because, well, they’re catchy songs.

And I’ve arranged them in a simple way – block chords in the left hand and melody in the right. This means you can focus on mastering the chords and chord changes…

But first, let’s take a quick 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 seven places 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 (and listen carefully for the differences in sound).

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

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

F Chord Piano – First Inversion

Whenever you play an F chord on piano, and A is the lowest 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 is the F chord first inversion played in all places up the 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 C is the lowest note, 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 places up the piano.

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

Famous “F Chord” Songs

Okay, time for the exciting part of this post!

We’ll take a look at some F chords used in actual songs. I hope you’ve heard these before.

Each snippet below has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and the melody in the right hand. So you can focus on learning the F chord and its inversions, while still playing something fun that sounds good.

First of all, try playing each example as written. But once you’re comfortable with that, feel free to try each of the other F chord inversions (covered above).

Then try the chords in different areas 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. That’s a tough exercise, especially if you haven’t tried it before.

The first song we’ll take a look at is I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith. This arrangement uses the F chord in root position only, so it’s a great piece to begin with.

F Chord Piano Progression 1 – I’m Not The Only One

A snippet of sheet music from the song I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith

The next song snippet is from What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. This arrangement uses the F chord in first inversion.

F Chord Piano Progression 2 – What A Wonderful World

A snippet of sheet music from the song What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

The final song we’ll take a look at is Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. This arrangement is of the verse and uses the F chord in both root position and second inversion.

And if you like this song, take a look at our D Minor Chord Piano post. In the examples section you’ll find an arrangement of the chorus.

F Chord Piano Progression 3 – Go Your Own Way

A snippet of sheet music from the song Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

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

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