C chord guitar finger position charts, diagrams, photos and information. Everything you need to play a C major chord on your guitar.
We’ll show you a basic C chord shape, as well as barre chord shapes. Further down the page we’ll also explain what a C chord actually is, and look at the notes it contains.
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Basic C Chord Guitar Finger Position Diagram
The above diagram shows you how to play a basic C major chord on guitar. This is the most common way of playing a C chord.
You can see this chord being played in the photo below:
However, there is more than one way of playing virtually every guitar chord! Below, we’ll find out some other ways of playing a C chord.
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Other Ways To Play a C Chord on Guitar: Barre Chords
You can also use barre chords (also called bar chords) to play a C major chord.
Barre chords can be moved up and down the guitar neck to play different chords.
Use the finger positions shown in the diagrams below – at the fretboard positions indicated – to play C chords.
C Chord Guitar Bar Shape 1
This is the barre chord equivalent of the standard ‘A’ guitar chord shape. It’s basically the same as an A chord played at open position, but with a bar instead of the open strings.
The chord shape shown above can also be played by laying the 3rd finger (your ‘ring’ finger) over the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings. It may seem tricky at first, but it’s actually an easier and faster way of playing a C chord once you’ve got the hang of it!
See the photo below to see how it’s done.
C Chord Guitar Bar Shape 2
This is the bar chord equivalent of the basic, open position E guitar chord shape. Played at the 8th fret with a barre, it becomes a C major chord.
You can see it being played in the photo below:
What is a C chord? Is a C chord the same as a C major chord?
In a word, yes. Nearly every time you see a C chord diagram on sheet music, it will mean a C major chord. ‘C’ means play a C major chord.
If asked to play a C chord guitar players know to play a C major chord, rather than a C minor, or C seventh, or any other kind of C chord.
Notes In a C Major Chord
C major chords are made up of 3 notes: C, E & G
- These notes can be played in any order in the chord (although they are usually arranged within the chord with a C as the lowest note).
- The notes can be repeated in different octaves within the chord.
This is why there is always more than one way to play a chord on the guitar.
C Chord Guitar Finger Position Conclusion
We hope that you have found this page useful, and can now play a C major chord on your guitar!