C major chord

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

Diagram with fingerings

C / CM / Cmaj / C major

C chord diagram with fingerings

Diagram with notes

C / CM / Cmaj / C major

C chord diagram with notes

Alternative shapes

C barre 1st

  • C barre chord diagram 81010988

C barre 2nd

  • C barre chord diagram X35553

Relevant chords

C (no3)

  • C no 3rd chord diagram


  • C/D chord diagram

Learn from video

Try in a chord progression

C - Em - Am - F - G - C

Progressions with diagrams (pdf)

Chords that sound 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 the 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   

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

C/D: XX0010
C/F: 132010

Alternative chord names

C/A is theoretically identical with Am7.
C/B is theoretically identical with the 3rd inversion of Cmaj7.
C/D is theoretically identical with Cadd9/D.

Alternative shapes and voicings

The chord can also be fingered as X32013, sometimes referred to as C with G at the top.

For pdf, see The Chord Reference ebook with over 800 chord charts.

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