March 18

Beginning Guitar 101: Lesson #11- C Major Chord

In this Beginning Guitar 101 video #11, I’m going to show you the C major chord. Let’s take a look.

New Chord – C Major

The bass note is on the fifth string, that’s a C note. I’m using my third finger. Start with your first finger, second string, first fret. Second finger stretches over to the fourth string, second fret and my third finger over to the fifth string. You want to hear a nice clean chord. You can play the low E string in that chord. Sounds okay because actually it’s still part of the chord.

Time To Practice

Go and take your fingers off, do it again. First finger, second finger and the fifth string, third finger. Shake it out, do it again. C. Got it? Okay. Try C to G. Place a C chord, okay? Four times, now go to the G chord, any form you want. Back to C, G, C, now slowing down now, to the base camp for now, G, C and G.

Practice Common Chord Changes – No Individual Chords

Now I practice it that way because one of the most common changes is going from C to G and it’s best to practice chords in phrases or in short chord progressions, much better than just playing a chord by itself. The real trick is changing from guitar chord to guitar chord and you might as well practice the ones that you’re going to do most commonly. C to G is a very common one.

So that’s it for this video. Look out for the next video where we’ll take that C and do some more with it. Take care.

Tomas Michaud
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