C# or Db chord

C# or Db major chord for guitar in different forms: basic, as barre chord and with a capo.
See also C# minor chord.

C#

  • C# chord diagram

C# (capo 1)

  • C# capo

C# barre 1st

  • C# barre 1st

C# barre 2nd

  • C# barre 2nd

Alternative shapes

C#

  • C# chord diagram

C#

  • C#/F chord diagram

Relevant chords

C#/G#

  • C#/G# chord diagram

Description

C# and Db (C sharp and D flat major) are the same chord, but they change theirs name depending on the key they are played in. The chords presented as an alternative shapes are correctly named C#/G# and C#/F, respectively, but either can be used as an easier way to play the chord.

Try in a chord progression

C# - A - E / Db - A - E

Chords that sounds good together with C#

The primary chords that sound good in a chord progression with C# is: D#m, Fm, F#, G# and A#m.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow C# / Db major in progressions:
› F# / Gb
› G#7 / Ab7
› A#m / Bbm

Theory of the C# / Db chord

The notes that a C# chord consists of are C#, F, G#. For a Db chord the notes are written Db, F, Ab.

Inversions

1st inversion: C#/F (means that F is the bass note).
2nd inversion: C#/G# (means that G# is the bass note).

Omissions

C# (no3) is a C# major with no third (F).
C# (no5) is a C# major with no fifth (G#).

Alternatives with capo

C shape with a capo on 1st fret (see picture).
A shape with a capo on 4rd fret.
G shape with a capo on 6th fret.

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