How To Play F# Piano Chord 

(F Sharp Major Chord)

The F# piano chord doesn't come up all that often so when it does, it can leave you scrambling for the notes. It is an important chord to learn however since it's one of the major chords.

The F sharp major chord is made up of the notes F#, A# and C#. You can look below to see where the notes are on the keys and learn the following information:

  • F# piano chord notes
  • F# piano chord finger positions
  • How the F# piano chord should sound
  • Video on how to play F# major
  • F#/A# chord
  • F#/C# chord
  • F# piano chord progressions
  • F sharp major chord inversions
  • and a bit of chord theory

F# Piano Chord Notes

The notes of the F# piano chord are F#, A#, C#.

This is a chord on all black notes - both edges of the group of 3 black keys (F# and A#) and C# of the left of the group of 2 black keys.

Below you can see the F# chord on the piano keys as well as in the treble clef. 

F# Piano Chord

The F sharp chord is a major chord and I recommend you learn all major chords when learning piano chords. You won't find the F# all that much but as you can see, it does come up.

F# Piano Chord Sound & How To Play It

Here is a quick video on how the F# chord sounds as well as how to play it on piano.

F# Piano Chord Finger Positions

Sometimes people are unsure about which finger to use to play the F sharp chord on piano because it's on all black notes. But I recommend you play this the same as any other major chord in root position. 

The F# piano chord fingering is fingers 1, 3 and 5. That's your thumb, middle finger and pinkie in either your left hand or right hand.

F# Piano Chord Finger Positions

F#/A# Chord

The F#/A# chord is a type of slash chord. On piano, this means to play A# as your lowest note in the left hand. A# is your bass note and all the other notes of the chord should be played above this. 

If you are playing this chord in left hand only, you'll need to play it in 1st inversion. (See below if you're unsure about inversions.)

F#/C# Piano Chord

When you see F#/C#, it means that C# should be your bass note. The lowest note you play. On piano, you'll play C# as your lowest left hand note and the rest of the notes of the chord above that. 

F# Piano Chord Progressions

You'll find the F# chord in a few different keys. One that is pretty common - B major - and others that are less common - C# major and F# major. Here are a few chord progressions you can use to practice the F# piano chord.

F# Piano Chord Progression 1:

B  G#m  F#  E

F# Piano Chord Progression 2:

B  E  F#  E

F# Piano Chord Progression 3:

C#  F#  G#  F#


One more that you may find interesting to play around with is F#  A  D. See what you think!

F Sharp Major Chord Inversions

Inversions are great to practice for any major chord - F# major included. Below are the inversions for the F sharp major chord.

F# Piano Chord Inversions

The F# major chord inversions are:

Root: F# A# C#

1st Inversion: A# C# F#

2nd Inversion: C# F# A#

Chord Theory for F Sharp Major Chord

One thing that is important to note for the F# major chord is that it is, practically speaking, exactly the same as the Gb major chord. If you learn one, you know the other. 

However, the F# and Gb chords are not interchangeable. The F# chord is in the key of F#, C# and B major while the Gb chord can be found in the keys of Gb, Db, and Cb major.

The important thing to note here is that flats go with flats and sharps go with sharps. 

The F# major chord is built off of the first, third and fifth notes of the F# major scale.

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