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C Chord – Guitar For Beginners – Stage 3 Guitar Lesson – JustinGuitar [BC-132]

November 5, 2019

Hi, How you doing Justin here for our lesson: 132 which is the C chord. The last of the big eight which is, the main eight
Open Chord shapes that you learn when you are
starting your guitar journey. And this is the last one, this is the C chord. Now, a lot of people find the C chord
a little awkward. It’s maybe not quite as stretchy
as the G chord. Well, at least not acrosswise but it is lengthwise. It’s a little bit funny. So let’s go to a close up and see if we can sort out
the different ways of getting this stretch. It is just a matter of practising it. I’ve never ever-ever-ever had a student
who’s not been able to do it. I have had students instead
who really struggled and they felt like
they were never going to do it. But, if you persevere you will find that the C chord
is pretty damn easy. Let’s have a look at it. Here we are looking at the C chord. Now, hopefully
it doesn’t look too bad but it is a little bit of a stretch. So, let’s go through the problems
and solutions for this chord. So, first one : first finger : first fret, second string. Nothing on the E string,
and nothing on the G string. There’s nothing on the first string,
and nothing on the third string. Second finger is reaching over here to the second fret, at the fourth string. And then, third finger’s gonna stretch over here, to the third fret of the fifth string. Now, there are a few different tips
we can give you for getting this stretch nice First of all, if you play really square like this, it’s actually quite difficult to do with the fingers parallel to the frets. I can feel that’s stretching my hand
doing that right now. Now, if you look at the way
that I’m doing it, I’m kind of laying the fingers over
a little bit. Now, if I took my hand off, they kind of
that looks like that they are in a line, they’re all kind of touching each other. And you can see that the angle now
is kind of that way a little bit. it’s actually
they’re kind of pointing at my eyes. Whereas that way
they’re pointing at the ceiling. We just turn it round a little bit like that, and you get a bit more of a… It definitely makes it easier to play .
Yeah ? So this way, you really have to stretch
the distance between your fingers. Here, you’re just changing
how far each finger is reaching out. That makes a big difference
for that one. Now, you can probably see
that my thumb is flopping over there. But actually, we want to get
that thumb behind for you now. Later on you can use
your thumb over here, but for you now,
back behind. Now, the other important thing
with the C chord is that we want to make sure that the tip of this third finger is muting, the sixth string. So, it shouldn’t press down on this string. The very tip of the finger
just touches the string and stops it from ringing out. Now, the thing that you’ll find here
with this chord as well, especially when you’re going to do
the strum – pick up – strum, is that there are quite a few places where fingers can lean over
and touch other strings. So, . . . There is the correct sound for it Now, the first note,
which is the fifth string, you’re probably not going to have
too much trouble with it. Pretty straight forward. The next note, here which is the fourth string, it’s very likely here that your third finger
is going to be leaning over and touching that fourth string. So, that’s the first thing
you wanna look out for is making sure that finger is nice and up. Then we have the Open G string, which, of course, this finger,
if it’s leaning over a bit too flat, will mute that G string. First finger
should be ok. Not many people have trouble with that note. But then,
the open E string if the first finger is leaning over
a little bit too much you’ll get the open E string muted. So, really, the trick with C chord is, one : don’t be too squared like this. Allow your fingers to be
a little bit of an angle. And also to make sure that
you’re really on the points with the fingers. Don’t let them lay down too flat or you’ll just always be muting
the strings next to them. Ok, I hope you had fun
stretching out for that C chord. It’s a little bit of a tough one – but it’s not that bad – and it just seems impossible right now, but, after a week or two, your fingers will have all limbered up and it’ll be a lot easier. After a month or two, you’ll wonder why you ever had
a problem with it at all because it’s not that bad
in the grand scheme of guitar chords.


  • Reply Shubham Garg March 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

    my fingers are constantly muting the below strings, it's literally testing my patience now, I don't think I'll ever learn how to play it perfectly

  • Reply Judy Reimers March 22, 2018 at 2:37 am

    i agree it is hard as heck

  • Reply Avery Thompkins March 29, 2018 at 3:03 am

    turn away from your sins and believe in The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth also be baptised in the name of THE FATHER The Son and The Holy Spirit (if you haven't already) Jesus can save

  • Reply anand valsan April 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    thank uu

  • Reply thelahcen1 April 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    somehow this is the easiest yet for me, managed it first try. The G-chord is still impossible though, funny to see how everyone has their own struggles 😀

  • Reply Aleksandar Gyurov May 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip, it really helped me. 🙂

  • Reply Michael Todd May 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I've played guitar for over twenty years now and I'm just sitting down to learn chords. If your new to guitar please watch stuff like this. It seems boring but I Don't even hold my guitar properly so I can't play chords like this. Learn from the beginning and take the time to do it right. Don't get me wrong I can play but tabs sucks man learn like a pro. Thanks for these videos man.

  • Reply Cynical 899mars May 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Go on my channel I can play it

  • Reply John Martin May 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Does this work for acoustic guitars?

  • Reply mic jam May 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Im into the C chord about 20 hrs.. got nothing yet!!

  • Reply Coconut Head May 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I hate my middle finger.

  • Reply Serena Lewis May 21, 2018 at 6:16 am

    you are so cute. makes learning easier lol

  • Reply hara kiri2 June 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    OMG… 3 months ago i though this is impossible… now it has become like second nature.. whatever you do guys keep practicing !!!!

  • Reply Emanuel Lindström June 6, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I found that using your index finger, ring finger and pinky was much easier.
    Anyone else have this experience? Any downsides compared to finger 1,2 and 3?

  • Reply Lael Penner June 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This one didn't seem so bad to me..I guess playing piano helps 🙂

  • Reply David Leon June 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    WHEN I WAS, A YOU- oh wait… wrong chord

  • Reply ljupce trninkov June 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    dude i got a problem with the c chord and that is whenever i try to put my third finger on the fifth string on the third fret i automatically move my first finger to the second fret

  • Reply Getty Biggy June 28, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    You look like Tom Hardy hahah

  • Reply Ed Fox June 30, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Unfortunately I can't make this chord work with my fingers pointing toward me. I have to have my fingers straight to hit all the strings.

  • Reply Sonu Jena July 1, 2018 at 9:31 am

    for major chord we use formula 3 and 2… so if you play c chord then according to formula c e g… but your are playing c e a. why???? i am talking about finger position.

  • Reply Paula Tovar July 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Any body knows from what String we strum it from?

  • Reply Purple Star July 11, 2018 at 6:35 am

    This is from 2009!!!😂👌

  • Reply Jesse July 13, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    The struggles of self teaching guitar when you're a leftie..

  • Reply Micki Babe July 30, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I just can’t mute the 6th string to save my life #smallhandproblems

  • Reply Crisp August 6, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I have long skinny fingers and my guitar does not have a fat neck so it's not to hard 🙂

  • Reply john higgins August 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for this Justin matey. Got it sussed straight away. Once I saw it on an image I thought 'aaaah' lol, but I can do it really easy now.

    It's quite a slow process but I feel i'm getting there at quite a quick pace tbh. Love all your vids, great teacher, be proud of yourself man 🙂

  • Reply Fire Wall August 22, 2018 at 3:04 am

    My main problems for the C Chord is
    I couldn't mute the sixth string, then i tried to strum 5 strings only.
    But i kept touching the sixth string :/

  • Reply Neil Jerald Linga September 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Even though your finger cant reach the strings just practicee

  • Reply Keith Davis October 30, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I'm still struggling Justin… help!

  • Reply Jake Flame October 31, 2018 at 11:45 pm


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  • Reply rabbit white November 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    do u strum all 6 strings?

  • Reply Sanket Tandel November 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you sir it's really help me out

  • Reply Maria Teresa November 11, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Do yo do magic or something?Seriously this is impossible but I really want to learn

  • Reply TheRoyalCastle November 16, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I think I have to wait 2 more years to play this chord. I'm 12 and my hands are small. The E string at the top keeps muting by my index finger. Thanks for the trick. I think I'll try it out

  • Reply m marper November 18, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    But how do I not touch the next string

  • Reply JSkillz December 3, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Justin's fingers definitely look thin and long to me. I get that he may have had smaller fingers when he first learned this but looking down at my short, thick, dumpy fingers is really demotivating, haha. I'll persevere though.

  • Reply Classic Goga December 5, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Wtf you never play it

  • Reply Prajwal Badal December 21, 2018 at 7:04 am

    2 days in. I dont think I'll ever learn to play guitar properly. Trying though 🙁

  • Reply Cayla December 23, 2018 at 1:42 am

    i think my fingers are just too fat to play guitar. i can't help but touch every string and the chord sounds muffled and awful.

  • Reply its Candy January 3, 2019 at 4:55 am

    This chord is the hardest! My uncle taught me a cheat on this chord but I forgot it😂OOF

  • Reply Casey Bedwell-Coll January 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    i think this guitar is too big for me… i have pretty small fingers so i can’t even reach the third fret and my shoulder is touching my neck when i play

  • Reply osceola28 January 7, 2019 at 3:44 am

    I hate this freaking chord.

  • Reply Lee vie en Salé January 8, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Is having a short hand an obstacle to playing guitar? I just feel like…it is

  • Reply Nickk JT January 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    My problem is my middle finger always touches the d string I think my fingers too big should’ve pick up bass

  • Reply Drawing with Jack and Josie January 11, 2019 at 2:13 am

    i know i tried its hard i will keep practicing

  • Reply - Pusheenx - January 14, 2019 at 7:58 am

    All my school year I have to learn guitar , don’t ask why I’m here ;-;


  • Reply Existential Pigeon January 14, 2019 at 8:24 am

    my hands are so small

  • Reply Dallas All the Way January 20, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    First time ever trying the cords. Felt like t-Rex hands. 🦖

  • Reply Chai'naMarie03 January 21, 2019 at 6:53 am

    The c chord is fairly easy….its the strumming thats difficult

  • Reply imakeadifference2011 January 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    "B string should be fine, not many people struggle with this." Well shit I'm that people! 🙁

  • Reply Akshit Kukreti February 4, 2019 at 5:51 am

    A great trick is to put your ring finger in place first, then the middle finger, and the first finger in the end.

  • Reply tellthetruth nigga February 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    play the damn chord already

  • Reply SHAROLYN BALDWIN February 13, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I love how the ad on this video is about guitar lessons

  • Reply East Coast Surfer February 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and I still suck on that piece of shit!

  • Reply Eliarsis February 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    u saved my life

  • Reply Jonathan Cipriano March 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Okay so what I'm getting from this is that it's basically like playing your first ever chord. Mine was a G and I was like "omg why did I buy this pos guitar, im shit" but now it's so easy I don't have to look. Hopefully it's the same with this!!! wish me luck lmao

  • Reply Jojo 11 March 6, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    My fingers won't reach 🤦‍♀️

  • Reply John New March 19, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you VERY much. I've been having a hell of a time with the C chord. Your suggestion to angle the fingers really helps. My bloody fat fingers kept muting the adjacent string but angling the fingers is getting me closer! Once again, TYVM!!!

  • Reply Purple Beary March 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    My fingers are soaking sweat because of squeezing my guitar

  • Reply Mark Davidovic March 25, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Strangely, I actually find this really easy

  • Reply NINI IM ON MY KNEES April 4, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Hi my fingers are short

  • Reply Thomas Thomas April 8, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Wow it took me forever until you told me to tilt my fingers thanks

  • Reply KJ April 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    my fingers are too thick ! it touches another string iam frustrated

  • Reply Ison Reign April 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Can i use my 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers inst3ad

  • Reply Compost April 22, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I don't have the length for this.

  • Reply SimplyJoyful April 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    2:57 Sound

  • Reply Chad Thompson April 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    The c chord isn't the hard part it's going from c chord to other chords and back that's the hard part 🙁

  • Reply Sanderfoxwolf Animations May 1, 2019 at 4:44 am

    lol yeah

  • Reply Deepak May 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Quick video

  • Reply Low ranking loooser Mustard May 9, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Nice I got it first try!

  • Reply Jerry J May 25, 2019 at 3:22 am

    newbie here and i start to wonder why i choose guitar my finger hurt so much plus when i tight one finger the other one get loose. Man could have choose piano – anyway never give up keep on trying.

  • Reply Maya Baroom June 2, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Really helpful video JustinGuitar. Thank You!

  • Reply yokai June 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Am I the only one the finds the c and the g chords super easy?

  • Reply That one Guy June 18, 2019 at 12:26 am


  • Reply Pawan Gupta June 20, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Thanku so much
    I learnt it

  • Reply talex001 June 20, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    this one has me pretty much ready to quit, the only way I can even come close is by playing twister and almost standing the guitar upright and even with that and placing my fingers with my other hand it's just not happening and I cannot see how I can do it actually playing ever if I cannot even using my right hand to move fingers on my left into position, I will try for a week or so more but this one I just cannot see how I could do it unless I either make my middle finger longer or file away some of the meat on the end of my fingers.

  • Reply Peter Griffin June 21, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    C Chord… The killer of most beginners.

  • Reply forever June 24, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I like Em chord very easy

  • Reply Richie Ingpiece July 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Can anyone answer this question: If I play an open C major chord and I play G on the first string, would that be called a C add 12 chord?

  • Reply Amrit Aryal July 9, 2019 at 6:14 am

    is it just me or this chord is really easy for people with big hands/fingers? But I'm still having trouble playing D chord lol

  • Reply _cheesy cheesecake_ July 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Im just having trouble transitioning into it

  • Reply Damian Lucas July 30, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Listen very closely at 0:54

  • Reply SIC August 3, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Holy shit this chord was easy has hell

  • Reply Sean Reeves August 15, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Well it's been 3 months for me and hitting a c chord is not a problem at all but changing to it fast enough to keep rhythm is still a massive problem. It's probably the most difficult chord for me to change to, even more difficult than the fmaj7 which I haven't been doing for nearly as long. I do not know why I'm having so much trouble hitting the c chord smoothly while strumming. I really wish I could afford in person classes because I need to talk to someone and get 1 on 1 help.

  • Reply Slavic Aussie August 25, 2019 at 1:58 am

    This was easy for me, did it as soon as I saw the diagram.

  • Reply Pipsta August 28, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    The second sting I can't push down hard enough

  • Reply Rebbeca Noir August 30, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Here's a tip for people that are struggling on the clost sring to were u srum push down hurder and make sure it's on the right string.

  • Reply Kha hin Loh August 30, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Why the chord there have a "x"?

  • Reply Great Thought September 6, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Thanks man. This changed my guitar life. I had almost quit my guitar journey when I met this impossible looking C chord.

  • Reply Mayver Payawal September 8, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Still watching its very amazing

  • Reply STUPIDm0nky September 11, 2019 at 2:51 am

    It’s been about a week… still nowhere close to being able to play this chord

  • Reply arielle wang September 29, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thx so much for this vid!

  • Reply JocelynnSings September 30, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Omggggggggggggg I keep playing it with my fingers in the right spots and it sounds more like an A chord 😭

  • Reply James Gray October 5, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I just figured out what Justin suggested on my own before watching this. It’s the “angle of the dangle” that allows a clean chord.

  • Reply Gordon Ramsay October 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    it’s impossible.

  • Reply cowsenvy October 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    wait how do people play on the first fret?

  • Reply Nadiya Karalash October 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    ouch my hand

  • Reply J L October 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    That Instagram ad is so fucking cringe!

  • Reply Maple October 22, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Fuck this shit im done playing guitar.

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