1. Start with the chord
The easiest way to play an F is to play the single note that immediately follows the notes that come before it:
F C# Db F# C# Db
A common way to visualize this is to draw the C, D, and F chords together. You don’t have to be a great guitar player to recognize the similarities between the four chords. Remember that in any chord, there is another note that is often a half beat ahead of the chord below it.
It’s also important to realize that the notes in the middle of each chord line don’t necessarily have to play the same notes. In some cases, you simply have to play a note from one chord line and an extra note from the second chord line so that you end up on the same fretted interval.
There are a number of different ways that you can do this on the fretboard. The first is to play a chord that has the lowest of your available frets. That’s the lowest of the four notes you’re going to play in the chord. In other words, the chord will be at the very bottom of the neck. The best way to play this on the fretboard is to draw a chord that starts on top (C) and ends on the bottom (D).
If you played the same note on the fretboard as your fourth note, you wouldn’t have a whole step between the two notes.
2. Create a F shape
Your next step is to create an F shape on the strings. There are a number of ways to do this. Here’s one that I’ve found works the best:
3. Play one note at all the strings
You’ve probably heard people claim that you should only play one note at a time on the fretboard. It’s true that it’s best to only play a chord at a time. However, there are a number of ways you can create a melody that goes beyond just one note. Here’s one that I have found to work well:
4. Use a scale!
The fourth and fifth chords in any given song may not have anything to do with the other two chords (or even the fourth and fifth notes). However, they may still fit with the scales of the song. For example, a song may have a C major scale that you play every note of. If you want to create a melody that goes beyond the C major scale, you