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.
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
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Main Chord Shapes in Key of C Major
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
D Minor Chord
E Minor Chord
F Major Chord
G Major Chord
A Minor Chord
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.
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