4-5 Alternate C Major Chord

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This C chord is difficult for me so I would like to continue the C add 9 that was taught in 3-12.

This is my favorite C Major chord. I learned this 50 years ago as my first ever chord.. And glad you brought back my memories. Thank You.

Hello Tomas,
my former lecturer taught me C chord with 3rd finger on the 6th string 3rd fret and 4th finger on the 5th string 3rd fret (1st & 2nd fingers being the same as shown here). Is this simply wrong and to be forgotten, or is it some kind of C chord variant that could come in handy later on?

Tomas (Administrator) June 9, 2020 at 7:47 pm

Hi Jaroslav,
No, not wrong. This is a very useful form of the C chord.

There are many ways to form all chords. It’s common for beginners to learn a chord one way and feel confused when they see somebody play it differently.

It’s best to let go of thinking there is one right way to play a chord. You’ll see as you go through the course there are different fingerings, different places on the neck, and different reasons to play a chord in one way or another.

Hi Tomas – the notation shows an open 6th string but you were playing only 1-5 and that’s how I’ve seen it other places. Can you clarify? Thanks!

Tomas (Administrator) January 25, 2020 at 9:52 pm

The six string is an open E note. It is actually part of the chord. You can strum it or not… It won’t make much of a difference. Now that said the best bass note for the chord is on the 5th string.

I have the habit of generally aiming for the fifth string when I play a C chord, but it’s not the best place to put your energy or attention right now. We’ll get more into the bass notes later along with different strumming techniques.

Tomas (Administrator) March 30, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Hi Joseph,
Thanks for asking. I’m working on an improved navigation structure. I’ll be making an announcement in about a week once I’ve ironed out a few issues.

Here’s a link to the old page: https://realguitarsuccess.com/real-guitar-u/practice-library/5-minute-practice/

Do you use these 5-Minute Sessions often? Are there any that you particularly like?


What happened to the 5 min. practice sessions?

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