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How to play the Fsus2 chord on guitar

Learn to play the iconic chord from "Wonderwall" and "Hey Soul Sister" in minutes.

The Fsus2 chord

The Fsus2 chord, pronounced "F suspended second," is a variation of the traditional F major chord. It creates a sense of tension and anticipation by replacing the third note with the second. This chord is commonly used in rock, folk, and country music to add a unique flavor to progressions. Notable songs featuring the Fsus2 include "Wonderwall" by Oasis and "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.

There are many ways to play a chord. Here's a diagram for the most common Fsus2 chord. We've also included other versions below.

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Finger placement for Fsus2 chord

The Fsus2 chord is typically played as a barre chord on the first fret of the guitar.

Follow these finger positions to play a Fsus2 chord on your guitar:

  1. Place your index finger across the first fret, covering all six strings (barre).
  2. Place your middle finger on the second fret of the third (G) string.
  3. Place your ring finger on the third fret of the fifth (A) string.
  4. Place your pinky finger on the third fret of the fourth (D) string.

To strum the Fsus2 chord, use a downward motion to play all six strings simultaneously. Make sure to apply enough pressure with your index finger to clearly sound each string in the barre.

How to play an easy Fsus2 chord on guitar

If you're a beginner looking to play a simpler version of the Fsus2 chord, try this:

  1. Place your index finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd (B) string.
  2. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th (D) string.
  3. Leave the other strings open.
  4. Strum only the top four strings.

How to play a Fsus2 bar chord

The standard open position Fsus2 is typically easier for beginners to play, but the barre chord version allows you to move the shape up the fretboard to play Fsus2 in different keys.

Here's how to play a Fsus2 barre chord:

  1. Place your index finger across all six strings at the 1st fret, creating a barre.
  2. Place your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th (A) string.
  3. Place your pinky finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th (D) string.
  4. Strum all six strings from low to high.

Common Fsus2 chord progressions

The Fsus2 chord adds a bright and hopeful sound to progressions, often used in uplifting and optimistic songs. Here are some common chord progressions featuring the Fsus2 chord:

  • I - Vsus2 - vi - IV (F - Csus2 - Dm - B♭)
  • I - IV - Vsus2 - IV (F - B♭ - Csus2 - B♭)
  • I - III - Vsus2 - vi (F - A - Csus2 - Dm)
  • Vsus2 - IV - I - V (Csus2 - B♭ - F - C)
  • ii - Vsus2 - I - vi (Gm - Csus2 - F - Dm)

Drills to master the Fsus2 chord

To master the Fsus2 chord, try playing it in different rhythmic patterns. Strum the chord in quarter notes, eighth notes, and triplets. Vary the tempo from slow to fast, focusing on clarity and precision.

Another effective drill is to practice transitioning between Fsus2 and other chords. Start with simple progressions like Fsus2 to C, or Fsus2 to G. As you become more comfortable, incorporate Fsus2 into more complex chord sequences. The key is to make the transitions smooth and seamless through repetition.

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Songs that feature the Fsus2 chord

Here are 10 popular songs you can play with the Fsus2 chord.

  1. Wonderwall by Oasis (Chords: Em7, G, Dsus4, A7sus4, Cadd9, Fsus2)
  2. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (Chords: C, G, Em, D, Fsus2)
  3. Daughters by John Mayer (Chords: C, G, Am7, Fsus2)
  4. Ho Hey by The Lumineers (Chords: C, Fsus2, Am, G)
  5. Flake by Jack Johnson (Chords: G, Fsus2, C, Am)
  6. If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow (Chords: D, Fsus2, C, G)
  7. Collide by Howie Day (Chords: Fsus2, C, G, Am)
  8. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz (Chords: C, G, Am, Fsus2)
  9. Skinny Love by Bon Iver (Chords: C, Am, Fsus2, G)
  10. 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz (Chords: C, Em, Fsus2, G)

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