How to Play the C Major Guitar Chord


  • March 8, 2021
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Updated: March 8, 2021

In today’s lesson, we are going to learn how to play the C Major guitar chord.

The C major chord is one I teach my students early on since it is easy to play, has a nice full sound and it sets the easiest starting point for learning music theory. C major is also one of the 6 main guitar chords beginners should learn.

C major is a great key to learn early as there are no sharps or flats in the key of C. More on that in a bit.

How to Play the C Major Guitar Chord

how to play the c major guitar chord

If the above chart is foreign to you, check out our lesson on How to Read Guitar Chord Diagrams.

For the C Major guitar chord, you want to strum every string except for the low E string.

C Major Chord Fingering:

  • Third (Ring) Finger on the third fret of the A string
  • Second (Middle) Finger on the second fret of the D String
  • First (Index) Finger on the first fret of the B String
c major guitar chord fingering

Focus on bending your fingers into an arch and only playing the strings with your fingertips to avoid muting strings that should be ringing out.

This chord is an early introduction to reach skills and requires a little more stretching of the third finger than you may be used to. It’s okay if it takes some time, just stick with it and focus on your hand shape.

Chords in the Key of C Major

guitar chords in the key of c major

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Common C Major Chord Progressions

Progression

Chords

I-V-vi-IV

C-G-Am-F

I-ii-IV-V

C-Dm-F-G

I-vi-IV-V

C-Am-F-G

I-IV-V

C-F-G

Popular Songs with the C Major Guitar Chord

Song

Progression

Chords

TAB

“Let It Be” The Beatles

I-V-vi-IV

C-G-Am-F

“No Woman, No Cry” Bob Marley

I-V-vi-IV

C-G-Am-F

“When I Come Around” Green Day

I-V-vi-IV

C-G-Am-F

“One Day” Matisyahu

I-V-vi-IV

C-G-Am-F

Common C Major Chord Variations



Where to Go From Here

Learn How to Strum on Guitar

6 Main Guitar Chords Beginners Need to Know

Easy Ways to Learn Guitar Chords

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posted March 8, 2021

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