Learn How to Make a Guitar C Chord in this FREE Lesson

In this lesson, you will learn how to make a guitar C chord. Prepare to be amazed at how quickly you will learn how to play a C major chord on the guitar simply by following the chart and photos in our FREE lesson that includes everything you need to know regarding proper finger position and strumming instructions.

The C on guitar is one of the 15 basic chords that every beginner needs to know so let's take care of this and move on!

To play a C on the guitar you will place your:


1st finger (index finger) on the second (2nd) string in the first (1st) fret

2nd finger (middle finger) on the fourth (4th) string in the second (2nd) fret


3rd finger (ring finger) on the fifth (5th) string in the third (3rd) fret

You can get a better idea of the correct finger position for the C guitar chord in the following photo.

How to Strum a C Chord on Guitar



To play a guitar C chord you will strike the first FIVE (5) strings of the guitar ONLY. Do NOT strike the 6th string as is indicated by the RED "X" that you see in the above chart.

Skipping the sixth string when you strum the major chord will take some practice but after a few tries you'll have have the strumming pattern and the finger position just right.

If you haven't done so already, please learn how to make the E chord, the A chord and the D chord that we will be using in chord progressions that are part of many easy guitar songs so that you can start to enjoy your music even before you learn how to play a C on guitar. Once the A, the D chord and the E chords are second nature to you we can start playing real music and start to work on some advanced chord shapes and strumming techniques. Learn these three easy, beginner chords before you move forward to any of the others and practice until you can change from one chord to the other smoothly as you play.

The C chord is on every musician's list of the 15 basic chords that you will need to take full advantage of Easy Guitar Guy's Online Guitar Lessons. After you learn these, practice making a guitar C chord because it's one that you'll use over and over again in your musical career.