Lesson Preview
Acoustic Guitar
Lesson Preview
Enjoy a short preview of this lesson
To continue watching, please sign in or subscribe

4: Beginner: C Chord Shapes

John-Paul Gentile

09:05 · Acoustic Guitar

This week John-Paul unpacks chord shapes in the Key of C for you.

4: Beginner: C Chord Shapes

John-Paul Gentile

Chord:
  • 3rd finger,3rd fret, A string
  • 2nd finger, 2nd fret, D string
  • Skip G string
  • 1st finger, 1st fret, B string
F Chord:
  • same as C chord position but move fingers 2 and 3 down one string Or a power chord (fuller sound):
  • 2nd finger, 2nd fret, G string
  • 1st finger, 1st fret, E string
  • 3rd finger, 3rd fret, A string
  • 4th finger, 3rd fret, D string
  • bar with your first finger
G Chord:
  • 2nd finger, 3rd fret, E string
  • 1st finger, 2nd fret, A string
  • Skip D & G strings
  • 3rd finger, 3rd fret, B string
  • 4th finger, 3rd fret, E string or, to keep it more fluid when playing use different finger positioning – always keep fingers down if you can between chords.
A minor Chord:
  • A open string
  • 2nd finger, 2nd fret, D string
  • 3rd finger, 2nd fret, G string
  • 1st finger, 1st fret, B string You can also take your 3rd finger off to make a Sus chord – this could possibly help with fluidity if moving back to C chord.
How to make chords sound thicker:

C chord – swap 3rd finger to 3rd fret E string, replace it with 4th finger on 3rd fret A string.

C/G means play the C chord with a G in the bottom.

F chord – 3rd finger, 3rd fret, A string, 4th finger, 3rd fret, D string (also known as F/C chord)