Guitar Chords In The Key of C Major

So you would like to know what chords are in the key of C Major?  Learning about the keys of music  is a very important area of study for musicians, especially for those of you who may be interested in playing with other musicians.  It will come in very handy when you have the ability to automatically play in any key.

I hope to make a whole series of posts on this topic starting with the Key of C Major and eventually hitting every key of music over time.  C Major is always a good starting point for anything. It is very often referred to as the center of the musical universe.

Basic Chords in the Key of C

Below are some basic chords that are in the key of C Major.  There are more chords in this key which will be covered below, but for now, lets look at the basics.  If you click each hyperlinked chord below, it will take you to a separate lesson on how to play each chord.  Chord charts are included.

C Major, D Minor, E Minor, F Major, G Major and A Minor

These are your basic guitar chords in the key of C.  Now lets move on to some extended chords for the key of C Major.

Extended Chords in the Key of C

So now that you got those basic chords down, lets move on and cover some different chords. Just like above, I will list them below and you can click on each hyperlinked chord to reach the lessons on how to play them.

7Th Chords in the Key of C Major

Let’s take a look at the 7th chords in the key of C.  There are your Major and Minor 7th chords which have a sort of dreamy or jazzy feel to them and there is the G7 blues chord, which is self explanatory.

CMaj7, Dm7, Em7, FMaj7, G7, Am7

9th Chords in the Key of C Major

CMaj9, Dm9, FMaj9 , Am9, G9

Well there you have it folks, 17  chords in the key of C Major for you to play around with.  If you have been playing guitar for a little while now, you should be able to play most of the above chords.  It starts to get a little tricky when you get to the 9th chords. Hang in there and keep practicing.   Enjoy.