F# Ukulele | How to Play F# on Ukulele

So this is one of those… kind of complicated SEEMING chords, but only because it’s a barre chord

How to Play F# on Ukulele

So this is one of those… kind of complicated SEEMING chords, but only because it’s a barre chord

Barre chords can seem really intimidating to a new player, but after a little bit of practice, they’re really not not that difficult to master. All they need is some practice, and strength which develops naturally as you play.

Before you know it, you will start to really rely on barre chords, because you’ll be able to move up and down the neck, using the same chord shape to play anything. Even chords that feel more complicated.

But when you can use the same chord shape and move it around, It begins to be even easier to play.

So the way to play F sharp on the ukulele is, you start with a barre chord, use your index finger and bar all the way across the whole neck on the first fret.

Like I said, it will feel awkward, but with a little bit of practice. It’ll be really easy.

Next, all you’re going to do is make the normal F shape, which I’m sure you’re used to playing at this point because it’s one of the basic starter chords.

You’re just going to play it with different fingers.

Instead of using your first and second finger, you’re going to use your second and third finger.

You put your second finger on the second fret of the E string, and then you put your third finger on the third fret of the G string.

There you go, you’ve now matched the shape up above. That is an F sharp.

All you’ve done is take the F shape and slid it up a half step on the ukulele neck.

How do you play an F# Chord Easy?

You play a F# chord easy by using the standard F shape and adding a barre with your index finger to slide it up a half step. There are several different F# chord shapes that you can use to get the same sound and feel in your song, but after experementing quite a bit, this is the easiest to play and the least complicated.

Be careful if you’re out there looking for an easy way to play this F# chord, other guides on the internet fail to point out that you need to use a barre chord to play this the easiest, and instead show that you use all 4 fingers on the fingerboard. That method ends up being much more complicated!

Are F# and Gb the same?

Yes, F# and Gb are the same. They are the fundamentally the exact same chord shape, but you call them by a different name if you’re playing in a different key.

 A muscial key can only have one “type” of each note, so if the key has an F or a G then you would never have another F#. This is why it can be called by either name.

For instance in the key of Gb Major, the 7th note is the F, so the Gb can’t be called F# although they’re technically the same.

What major is F Sharp?

F sharp is in the G Major scale.

The G major scale only has one sharp, the F# which is in the seventh scale position.

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

So this also tells you that if you see written music with a key signature of one sharp, you’re playing in the G major scale and the only sharp you’re playing is F#. This isn’t really common as a beginner in ukulele, you’ll mostly be playing chords, but the theory still applies to that situation.

If you’re playing a song in the key of G, you’ll play the 1st, 4th and 5th scale positions, or G, C, D very commonly, and songs will add in the 7th to change the dynamic or alter the mood of the song.

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