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HOW TO PLAY

C Major

Learning the C chord is one of the most important first steps for any guitar player.

Like a lot of chords you'll learn, it's got that staircase-like feel to it, with your fingers go up and over, working from the thinnest strings to the thickest. Here's where you'll put your fingers:

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STEP BY STEP

How to play a C Major chord on the guitar

  1. Put your first finger on the first fret of the second string.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the fourth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the fifth string.
  4. Strum only the highest five strings.

Easy Guitar Songs with C Major

The most common progression you’ll likely see with C Major is going from C, to F, to G, or I, IV, V.

C
F
G

As heard in the chorus of Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone:

How does it Cfeel? F G. How does it Cfeel? To be without a Chome? F G Like a rolling Cstone. F G

Adding in the minor six chord (Am), you have the classic `I-V-iv-IV` pattern:

C
G
Am
F

Think about Let It Be, by The Beatles, for example:

When I Cfind myself in Gtimes of trouble, Ammother mary Fcomes to me.
CSpeaking words of Gwisdom, let it Fbe C

or No Woman No Cry, by Bob Marley:

CNo Gwoman, no Amcry F. CNo Fwoman, no Ccry.

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Other common chords in the key of C Major:

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G Major
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F Major
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A Minor
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E Minor