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Play Guitar: The C Major Chord

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Part of the three chord super-pop combo of D Major, C Major and G Major, this is a must learn chord for any guitarist. In fact, if you learn nothing else beyond these three chords, there are hundreds of songs you can play from beginning to end.

Time: This lesson should take about 5 minutes to complete.

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The C Major chord is a three-finger chord. It uses the index, middle and ring fingers. A strings are strummed except the low E string. To form the C Major chord place your index on the first fret of the B string, then your middle finger on the second fret of the D string and ending the chord with your ring finger on the third fret of the A string. The G string and the high E string are both played open.

The C Major chord on Guitar
The C Major chord chart

The C Major chord on Guitar
The C Major chord formation

Switching from C Major to either the G or D major chords can be a challenge at first, but there are some great songs out there to help you get the hang of it. One of these songs is Free Falling by Tom Petty.

If you want to dive into a bit of country music, you can also try Ring of Fire by Johny Cash

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