A Guide for Beginners - Major Chords - Page 2
by Christopher Sung
Let's start with the C Major chord, which is also referred to as just a 'C chord'. For now, it probably isn't particularly important to know why it's called a C Major or what it means to be 'Major'. In practice, the main thing is to know how to play it and what it's called, so that when you jam with your friend and they say 'play a C chord', you know what to do. The fingering for a C chord is shown below:
So what does this mean? This is a typical chord chart. Each string can have one of three options:
One of the reasons why the C chord is a good first chord is that it lays out on the fretboard in a very natural way for your hand. You'll find this not to be the case for some of the other CAGED chords that we'll learn in this lesson.
Try playing the music example below, set your loop count to "Forever" in your preferences at the bottom of the page, hit the play button, wait for the music to start, and try to play along with the example. It'll help you become more comfortable with the chord.