F Major

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The F major chord is a triad formed from a root (F), a major third (A) and a perfect fifth (C).

How to play F Major on the piano

The F major chord uses all white keys and has the root of F. Looking at the keyboard, you'll see groups of black keys in twos and threes. If you look at the groups of three, the white key just to the left of the group is the F.

F major is made up of three notes: F, A, and C. On the piano, you'd play the root position chord with the following fingers of your right hand:

C - Fifth finger (5)
A - Third finger (3)
F - First finger (1)

Use the following fingers to play the root position chord with your left hand:

C - First finger (1)
A - Third finger (3)
F - Fifth finger (5)

In some instances, the music you play might require you to adjust the fingers used to play the chord. To find out how the F major chord is built, see our video above.

What are the inversions of F major?

F major features two different inversions to play the chord beyond its root position. Learn how to play the 1st and 2nd inversions of F major below.

How to play the 1st inversion of F major

The 1st inversion of F major places the A as its lowest note. To play the chord with your right hand, use the following fingers:

F - Fifth finger (5)
C - Second finger (2)
A - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of F major

By moving the C to the lowest note of the chord, you can play the 2nd inversion. Use the following fingers to play the chord:

A - Fifth finger (5)
F - Third finger (3)
C - First finger (1)

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