C chords for guitar

C → C13

Chords in C

All C chords are derived from the C Major Scale which consists of no sharps or flats and reads: C - D - E - F - G - A - B

C Major key signature
Scale of C Major
C D E F G A B
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
  9th   11th   13th  

C - C major (1-3-5)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G)


C7 - C seventh (1-3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb)


Cm - C minor (1-b3-5)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), 5th(G)


Cm7 - C minor seventh (1-b3-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), 5th(G), b7th(Bb)


Cmaj7 (C Δ 7 ) - C major seventh (1-3-5-7)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), 7th(B)


Csus4 (C sus) - C suspended fourth (1-4-5)

Spelling: 1st(C), 4th(F), 5th(G) - No third


C7sus4 (C7+4) - C seventh suspended fourth (1-4-5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(C), 4th(F), 5th(G), b7th(Bb) - No third


C6 - C sixth (1-3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), 6th(A)


Cm6 - C minor sixth (1-b3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), 5th(G), 6th(A)


C9 - C ninth (1-3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), 9th(D)


Cm9 - C minor ninth (1-b3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), 9th(D)


Cmaj9 (C  ⃤  9 ) - C major ninth (1-3-5-7-9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), 7th(B), 9th(D)

C6/9 - C six 9 OR C major sixth added ninth (1-3-5-6-9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), 6th(A), 9th(D)


C7#9 (C7+9) - C seventh augmented ninth (1-3-5-b7-#9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), #9th(D#)


C7b9 (C7-9) - C seventh flat nine or C seventh minor ninth (1-3-5-b7-b9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), b9th(Db)


Caug (C+) - C augmented (1-3-#5)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), #5th(G#)

More on augmented chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions.


C7#5 (C7+5) - C seventh augmented fifth (1-3-#5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), #5th(G#), b7th(Bb)


Cdim (Cº) - C diminished (1-b3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), b5th(Gb)


Cdim7 (Cº7) - C diminished seventh (1-b3-b5-bb7)

Spelling: 1st(C), b3rd(Eb), b5th(Gb), bb7th(A)

More on diminished 7th chords and why they can be played using similar shapes in a variety of positions... the 1st position is the most popular.


C-5   C diminished fifth (1-3-b5)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), b5th(Gb)


C7b5 (C7-5) - C seventh diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), b5th(Gb), b7th(Bb)


C9b5 (C9-5) - C ninth diminished fifth (1-3-b5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), b5th(Gb), b7th(Bb), 9th(D)


C11 - C eleventh (1-3-5-b7-9-11)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), 9th(D), 11th(F)


C13 - C thirteenth (1-3-5-b7-9-13)

Spelling: 1st(C), 3rd(E), 5th(G), b7th(Bb), 9th(D), 13th(A)

Please Note: Because 13th chords are made up of 7 notes, they are impossible to play on a 6 string guitar. In the charts above we have not included the 11th note as this is a dominant 13th chord and the 11th note (F) conflicts with the 3rd note (E) by a semitone.

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