C major chord

C major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.


  • C chord diagram

C barre 1st

  • C barre chord diagram

C barre 2nd

  • C barre chord diagram

Relevant chords

C (no3)

  • C no 3rd chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

C - Em - Am - F - G - C

Chords that sounds good together with C major

The primary chords that sound good in a chord progression with C is: Dm, Em, F, G, Am.


C (no3) is a C major without the third (E).

Finger position (C chord)

Index (1st) finger on 2nd (thinnest) string, 1st fret.
Middle (2nd) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 3rd fret.

Theory of the C chord

The notes that an C chord consists of is C, E, G.
To get C7 add Bb.
To get Cmaj7 add B.
To get C6 add A.


1st inversion: C/E (means that E is the bass note).
2nd inversion: C/G (means that G is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions   

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