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
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
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
Common C Major Chord Progressions
Popular Songs with the C Major Guitar Chord
“Let It Be” The Beatles
“No Woman, No Cry” Bob Marley
“When I Come Around” Green Day
“One Day” Matisyahu