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How to Play the C Major Chord

How to Play C Major Chord on Guitar

With the C major scale often being an early port of call for any new musician, one of the misconceptions is that the C major chord must also be easy. In fact, for new guitar players it’s often the first chord that really requires a stretch.

The reason the C major chord is a little bit harder than the other chords in this series, is that the fingers are spread across three frets, and are also spread from the fifth string to the second string, which is almost the entire width of the fretboard. Not easy for a new player!

The chart below shows what fingers you’ll need, and where you’ll need to place them:

How to Play C Major Chord

As the chart shows, you have your third finger on the third fret of the fifth string. You then have the second finger on the second fret of the fourth string, and the first finger on the first fret of the second string. So, only three fingers, but spread over a fair old distance!

As a result, you might need to practice a little harder in order to achieve a clear chord. One of the most common issues to avoid is trying not to let the second finger block the open third string.

As with all the chords in this series, persevering with using your finger tips to play the fretted notes will really help to avoid obstructing the open strings.

The video clip below shows you how to play and strum a C major chord:

This one definitely needs some patience – keep going, and you’ll get there soon enough!

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