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The C guitar chord

Images and a video of the most common fingering variations from 1st to 10th fret, plus C as tabs, alternative names and some easy reference songs.

C guitar chord and fingering
C on 8 fret

C with a barre on fret 8

C on 5 fret

C with a barre on fret 5

C on 1 fret

Play C from 1. fret

C on 3 fret

Another C variation

C on 10 fret

This voicing for C is played in 10th position

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How to play C major open chord on a guitar

Let us talk about and learn the C major chord, CM. C major can be a tricky chord at first so it need some practice.

So here is what we need to do to play the chord. Put your first finger on the second string, first fret, then your second finger is going on the forth string second fret. Your third finger is going to the fifth string on the third fret and that is the hard part of this C major chord. A little bit of a reach as you must bend the finger to place it where it belongs. Make sure not to touch any of the other strings.

When I strum the chord, I try to avoid the sixth string, and there you have it, C major.

C as guitar tabs

 
 e|-------8--------8--------x--------x--------x-----------| 
 B|-------10-------7--------3--------3--------x-----------| 
 G|-------10-------5--------2--------5--------10----------| 
 D|-------9--------5--------0--------5--------12----------| 
 A|-------8--------5--------1--------5--------13----------| 
 E|-------8--------8--------0--------3--------12----------| 
 

Alternative names

CM, Cmaj, Cmajor, C major

Songs with the C guitar chord

semslem Author: Semslem

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A guitar chords

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B guitar chords

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C guitar chords

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D guitar chords

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E guitar chords

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F guitar chords

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G guitar chords

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