C major 7th chord for guitar in different forms, including open and barre chords.
The diagram shows the most common way to play the chord in open position and using middle (2) and ring (3) finger. Avoid playing on the 6th string but involve the thinnest open strings. Cmaj7 is a four-note chord consisting of C, E, G, B.
Theory and information
Try in a chord progression
Cmaj7 - A7 - Dm7 - G7 (see with diagrams in pdf)
Cmaj7 is an abbreviation for C major seventh. A less common abbreviation is CM7. A third system is the triangle (delta) symbol: C△7.
Notes in the chord
The notes that the Cmaj7 chord consists of are C, E, G, B.
To get Cmaj9 add D.
The Cmaj7 with 8X998XX fingering can also can be written Cmaj7VIII marking the position at the eight fret. The Cmaj7 with X324XX omits the 5th and can also can be written Cmaj7(no5).
1st inversion: Cmaj7/E (means that E is the bass note).
2nd inversion: Cmaj7/G (means that G is the bass note).
3rd inversion: Cmaj7/B (means that B is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions
Assorted slash chords
Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:
Alternative chord names
Cmaj7/D is theoretically identical with Cmaj9/D.
Cmaj7/A is theoretically identical with Am9.
Written in tab format (main version in open position)
- 0 -
- 0 -
- 0 -
- 2 -
- 3 -
- - -
For pdf, see The Chord Reference ebook with over 800 chord charts.