C major chord

C major chord for piano (including C/E and C/G inversions) presented by keyboard diagrams.
Explanation: The regular C chord is a triad, meaning that it consists of three notes. On the picture of the keyboard, you can see the three notes of the C chord marked in red color.
Theory: The C major chord is constructed with a rootThe lowest note in the chord, a major thirdAn interval consisting of four semitones, the 3rd scale degree and a perfect fifthAn interval consisting of seven semitones, the 5th scale degree.
Fingerings: Little finger, middle finger, thumb (left hand); thumb, middle finger, little finger (right hand).


C chord diagram with marked notes C - E - G
Notes: C - E - G
Left hand: 5-3-1
Right hand: 1-3-5

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C major - inversions

Explanation: C/E is a C major chord with E as the bass note and C/G is a C major chord with G as the bass note.

C/E (1st inversion)

C/E chord diagram
Fingerings: 5-3-1 (LH) 1-2-5 (RH)

C/G (2nd inversion)

C/G chord diagram
Fingerings: 5-2-1 (LH) 1-3-5 (RH)

See also C chords with alternative bass notes ›

C chord categories

C Cm C7 Cm7 Cmaj7 CmM7 C6 Cm6 C6/9 C5 C9 Cm9 Cmaj9 C11 Cm11 Cmaj11 C13 Cm13 Cmaj13 Cadd C7-5 C7+5 Csus Cdim Cdim7 Cm7b5 Caug Caug7