Play a C major chord

The humble C Major chord. Easy to play for most, but also an opportunity to start building the foundations of a good technique.

C major chord, 1st position on guitar - Image © Peter Inglis
C major chord, 1st position on guitar

The first step in playing this or any other chord is to visually locate the target notes on the guitar neck.

Look for a main axis, or straight line connecting these notes

  • Look for a main axis, or straight line connecting these notes
  • Next, look for a main axis, or straight line connecting these notes.
  • Bring the left arm up to the guitar neck.
  • Adjust the elbow position until the fingers are aligned with the target notes.
  • Now by expanding the posture as explained in the first section of this book, let the indicated fingers touch the strings as indicated.
  • The fingertips should touch the strings just behind the frets.

C major chord fingering

The Right Hand executes a basic strumming motion with the thumb.

C major chord - Right Hand strum
The strum commences on the 5th string and continues to the 2nd string.