Capo using C Major Chord Shapes

This chart shows the keys that can be achieved by placing a capo on various frets on the guitar and then playing the common chord shapes used in C Major such as C, F, G7 and Am.

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Capo Chord Charts

The names of these chord shapes in C Major are given at the top of the chart. The green left hand column then shows what keys and chord names are achieved when the capo is placed on the different frets.

See below for pictures of the common chord shapes found in C Major.

C Major Chord Chart

C Major C Dm Em F G G7 Am
1st fret
Db Major
Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab Ab7 Bbm
2nd fret
D Major
D Em F#m G A A7 Bm
3rd fret
Eb Major
Eb Fm Gm Ab Bb Bb7 Cm
4th fret
E Major
E F#m G#m A B B7 C#m
5th fret
F Major
F Gm Am Bb C C7 Dm

 

Main Chord Shapes in Key of C Major

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Finger Numbers for Guitar

These pictures show how to play the common chords found in the key of C Major.

The white spot refers to the string and fret to be used. The numbers refer to the fingers to be used. A long white bar with a number 1 indicates that the first finger should be placed across two or more strings.

Number 1 is the index finger (next to the thumb), number 2 is the middle finger, number 3 is the ring finger and number 4 is the little finger. The red X shows strings that should not be played for that particular chord.

C Major Chord

C Major chord shape for guitarD Minor Chord

D Minor chord shape for guitarE Minor ChordE Minor chord shape for guitar

F Major ChordF Major chord shape for guitar

G Major ChordG Major chord shape for guitar

G7 Chord

G7 chord shape for guitar

A Minor ChordA Minor chord shape for guitar

We have kept the chord shapes as simple as possible to make them suitable for guitarists of all standards. Although only the seven most common chords are shown here, you will find that they will enable you accompany most Irish folk songs that you come across.

If you would like us to present more chord shapes in this way then please let us know and we may expand the examples we show.

 

C Major Chord ChartCapo with Chord shapes in the key of C Major

 

 

D Major Chord ChartCapo with Chord shapes in the key of D Major

 

 

E Major Chord ChartCapo with Chord shapes in the key of E Major

 

 

G Major Chord ChartCapo with Chord shapes in the key of G Major

 

 

A Major Chord ChartCapo with Chord shapes in the key of A Major

 

 

Using the capo to change key

More advanced use of the capo and chord shapes

 

 

 

More on Transposing Keys
Key Converter
Changing Chords
Chord Numbers
Dominant Sevenths
Using a Capo
Advanced Capo
Capo Chord Charts

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