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C Chords

C Major chord

Major chords are the most used type of chords in today's popular music, carrying an hopeful, upbeat, full sound.
The C major guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - 3(E) - 5(G)

C Major chord's recommended scales: major scale, lydian scale and the pentatonic major scale. As you can notice, the C major scale is the only major scale that has no flats or sharps: C, D, E, F, G, A and B.

See the C major guitar chord in detail with midi audio sound samples!
More: the C major chord on 3.fret, 5.fret, 8.fret and on the 10.fret.

The C minor chord

Minor chords are more intimate sounding than the major chords, expressing desire, sadness, mystery...

The C minor guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - b3(Eb) - 5(G)

C minor chord's recommended scales: Pentatonic Minor scale, Blues scale, Phrygian scale, Aeolian scale and the Dorian scale.

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More: the C minor chord on fret 3 and fret 8.

The C 7th chord

Jazz and country guitarists use the 7th chords very often. The chord sounds a little bit twangy, not as uplifting as the major chord.

The C 7th guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - 3(E) - 5(G) - b7(Bb)

C7 chord's recommended scale: Mixolydian scale.

See the C seventh guitar chord in detail with midi audio sound samples!
More: the C7 chord on fret 3 and fret 8.

Diminished chords

Diminished chords are unstable chords, sound very dissonant, like they lack something (usually the major chord a half step up from that diminished chord). For example, a C diminished chord would naturally want to lead into a C# major chord.

There are three different kinds of diminished chords: diminished triad, fully diminished 7th and the half diminished 7th.

C diminished triad

The C diminished triad guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - b3(Eb) - b5(Gb). Cdim chord's recommended scale: Whole Diminished scale.

C fully diminished 7th chord

The C fully diminished 7th guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - b3(Eb) - b5(Gb) - bb7(A)(or a 6. interval).

Cdim7 chord's recommended scale: Whole Diminished scale.

See the Cdim7 guitar chord in detail with midi audio sound samples!
More: the Cdim7 chord on fret 4 and fret 11.

C Half-diminished minor 7th chord

The C half diminished minor 7th guitar chord's notes: 1(C) - b3(Eb) - b5(Gb) - b7(Bb). Recommended scales: Locrian scale and Half Diminished scale.

Examples: Cm7b5 guitar chord on fret 7 and fret 8.

Other C guitar chords

C minor 7th on fret 3, C major 7b5 on 10.fret, C2, Csus2, Csus4, C7sus4, C6 chord, C9 (6.fret) v.2, Cm9 chord, Cmaj9, Cadd9, Cadd9 (8.fret), Cadd9(no3), C6/9 chord, C7-9 (8.fret), Caug chord, C+5 chord, C7+5 chord, C-5 on fret 7, C7-5, C9-5 chord, C11 chord and C13 (5.fret).

Guitar chord database

Chords in the key of C:
C Dm Em F G Am Bdim

Chords in the key of C# or Db:
Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab Bbm Cdim



C - D - E - F - G - A - B