Cmaj7 chord

C major 7th chord for guitar in different forms, including open and barre chords.


Cmaj7 chord diagram X32000

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.

Alternative shapes

Cmaj7 barre

  • Cmaj7 barre shape

Cmaj7 barre

  • Cmaj7 barre shape


  • Cmaj7 barre shape


  • Cmaj7 chord diagram 8X998X

Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

Cmaj7 - A7 - Dm7 - G7 (see with diagrams in pdf)

Chord name

Cmaj7 is an abbreviation for C major seventh. A less common abbreviation is CM7. A third system is the triangle (delta) symbol: C7.

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:

Cmaj7/F: 132000
Cmaj7/A: 532000
Cmaj7/B: 73X000

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.

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