The C major chord is one of the first chord beginner have to learn.
Is not the easiest one because it requires a little bit of stretching, but with patience and exercise it will be easy to play.
The intervals composing the C major chord are Root, Major Third, and Perfect Fifth (1, 3 and 5).
The C Major chord is spelled in the following ways:
- C (in major chord the type is often omitted)
- C Major
- C Maj
- C M
- C Major Triad
The C Major chord is made up of the notes C, E, and G
You might find also useful this C chord variations tutorial, which will take you through the various chord qualities generated from this basic form.
C maj chord Notes:
How the Major chord is built:
The C Guitar Chord On Guitar
The C Major chord is built on the C Major scale, stacking the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes:
C D E F G A B C
So, counting 1, 3 and 5, we get: C E and G.
Keys Where You Can Find The C Major Chord
The C major chord contains natural notes only, so it's present in different keys:
C Major Key
G Major Key
F Major Key
E Minor Key
A Minor Key
Progressions That Use The C Major Chord
There are probably thousands of songs with a C major chord somewhere. Here are some of the most popular:
- 1 4 5: C F G
- 1 6m 4 5: C Am F G
- 1 5 6m 4: C G Am F
My full tutorial on common chord progression will give you a detailed view on how put chords together.
Scales To Play Over a C Major Chord
Basically any scale that has a Major Third and a Perfect Fifth will be a great fit for this chord, for example:
To learn more about this concept, check my complete ebook Scales Over Chords | Learn How To Play The Right Scales Over Any Chord.
Songs With The C Major Chord
The C major chord is one of the most used, and you can find it in songs like Imagine, The House Of The Rising Sun, Hallelujah, Time After Time, Ain't No Sunshine, Blowin’ in the Wind and many others.
You definitely want to learn it!
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You can create any fingering you like on any part of the fretboard, just play some of the chord tones shown in the map below. Some shapes will sound good, some less, let your ears decide!