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C maj Description

The intervals composing the Cmaj chord are Root, Major Third, and Perfect Fifth

The C Major chord is spelled in the following ways:

  • C Major
  • C Maj
  • C M
  • C Major Triad
  • Cmaj

The C Major chord is made up of the notes C, E, and G

Learn 18 positions for this chord

Position 1

Fingers Positions

  • Let the low E string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the A string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 2

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 3 of the A string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 5 of the D, G and B strings at the same time

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 3

Fingers Positions

  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 8 of the low E, B and high E strings at the same time
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 9 of the G string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 10 of the A string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 10 of the D string

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 4

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the A string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 5

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the A string
  • Mute the D string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 6

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 3 of the A and high E strings at the same time
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 5 of the D, G and B strings at the same time

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 7

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 3 of the A string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 5 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 5 of the G string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 5 of the B string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 8

Fingers Positions

  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the low E string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 3 of the A string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 9

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the A string
  • Mute the D string
  • Mute the B string
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 8 of the low E string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 9 of the G string

Position Characteristics

  • This position is movable

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Position 10

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the A string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 11

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the A string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 5 of the D, G and B strings at the same time
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 8 of the high E string

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 12

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the A string
  • Mute the D string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 3 of the high E string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 5 of the G string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 5 of the B string

Position Characteristics

  • This position is movable

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Position 13

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the A string
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 5 of the D, G and B strings at the same time

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 14

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the G string
  • Mute the B string
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 3 of the A string

Position Characteristics

  • This position is movable

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Position 15

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the A string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 8 of the B and high E strings at the same time
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 9 of the G string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 10 of the D string

Position Characteristics

  • This position requires barre
  • This position is movable

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Position 16

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the A string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 3 of the high E string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 17

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the low E string
  • Mute the D string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Mute the high E string
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 3 of the A string
  • Place your pinky finger (4) on the fret 5 of the B string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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Position 18

Fingers Positions

  • Mute the A string
  • Let the G string play without pressing any fret
  • Let the high E string play without pressing any fret
  • Place your index finger (1) on the fret 1 of the B string
  • Place your middle finger (2) on the fret 2 of the D string
  • Place your ring finger (3) on the fret 3 of the low E string

Position Characteristics

  • This position uses open strings

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