Guitar C Chord Tutorial

Rick Spurgin
A free video tutorial from Rick Spurgin
Guitar Instructor
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Learn how to play the full C chord

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02:26:46 of on-demand video • Updated September 2015

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English [Auto] All right I think now it's time to start working on our full three fingered Secord. Now we had our easy form chord which we were playing with our first finger on the first fret on the second string. Now we're going to add our second finger to the second fret on the fourth string and then we're going to take our third finger. We're going to put that on the fifth string. On the third fret and we're just going to play the top five strings. And you'll see on the diagram the low E string has an X on it means do not play that string. Now this is the way the C chord should look and sound. One of the things that you need to make sure is that your first fingers not accidentally touching your high E-string and make sure that your second finger isn't touching the G. And make sure that your third finger here isn't touching the D. So you want to keep your fingers pretty straight and press down on your fingertips. Also make sure that your fingers are not on the fret wire so you'll get that kind of buzzy sound you when to have your first finger just kind of right before that fret wire on the first fret that second finger right there third finger right there. Make sure you have a good arch on your fingers. And when you're working on your chords just kind of play through each note. Make sure they sound clear there's the four three fingered C chord. Now when you're working on learning new chords especially you know using the C for example. Make sure your fingers are in the right position. When you're practicing it and you know if you have them in the right position now a little exercise you can do is this little chords squeeze exercise where you taking your fingers and you squeeze and pulse them you squeeze and pulse squeeze and pulse squeeze and pulse. Do it for about 20 30 seconds or so after you've done it for a while. Take away your fingers and then try to find where they need to go again after a while. Your fingers are going to drop right where they need to go into that position. What you're doing with that cords squeeze exercises is creating muscle memory in your hands. Also it's a great way to build the calluses on your fingertips and it really starts to build the strength in your fingers as well. So once again first finger here. Second finger here. Third finger right there. Do not play the low E and you strum just the top five strings and that is the four three fingered Secord work with that. Take your time. Make sure it sounds good. Work with that for a little bit take a break come back to it try to find that Secord again. Just cut the strumming a little bit and you'll be on your way to playing the full three fingered Secord.