The C Guitar Chord

The third basic beginner chord is the C guitar chord or the C major chord, or the C chord.

The C chord uses the five highest strings only.

As you can see in the diagrams, the high E string is played open.

The chord diagram on the left is for right handed players, and, the diagram on the right is for left handed guitarists.

Fret the B string behind the first fret using your first finger.

The G string is played open.

Fret the D string behind the second fret using your second finger.

Finally, the A string gets fretted at the third fret, using your third finger.

Slowly strum the five strings(and only five) listening to each note. Strum up and down.

Adjust your fingers until all five notes ring clearly, then, lift off your fingers, put them back down and play the C chord again.

Now play a D chord until you get a clear sound. Keep switching back and forth between D and C, until you easily remember the fingerings of both chords, and get a clear sound.

Repeat the procedure using C and G.

Now throw D back into the mix and have some fun for a couple minutes by switching chords back and forth, strumming up and down, and lifting various fingers. Play different measures of the chords, ie: 2 measures of 4 beats each of G, then 2 measures of C, then 2 of G again, then 2 D etc.

Switch around the number of measures of each. Because these three chords are in in the key of G, start with the G chord first.

Have fun with it and make it sound like music.

Have you noticed that it's getting easier yet? Once you're confident with the G, D and C guitar chord, move on to the next lesson, some tips with diagrans to help you change chords quickly and accurately!

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