C major chord

C major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.
More C chord categories: Cm | C7 | Cmaj7 | more C 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


  • C/D 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 to combine with C in chord progressions are: Dm, Em, F, G, Am.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow C major in progressions:
› G
› Am
› Em
› F


C (no3) is a C major without the third (E).
C/D is a C major with D as bass note.

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 a C chord consists of are 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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