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The Best Way to Play the Big C Major Chord.

Updated on September 14, 2011

Big C Major (or C Grandé) is one note away from Open C Major, and is a nice alternative to that chord to have in your musical toolbox (if your C Major chord is shaky, go to my hub on that chord to polish it up).

C Grande, Steps 1+2

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To learn C Grandé keep down all of the notes of Open C Major except the low C note (A string, 3rd fret). In other words, take your third finger off of the chord because you're going to need it somewhere else to play this bigger C chord. Keeping the first and second fingers down, put your third finger on the 3rd fret of the low E string. This is a low G note.

Next (and last), place your pinky (fourth finger) on the 3rd fret of the A string. So you see that your fourth finger has replaced your third, which was needed on the low E string.

Well, you're done. Big C--or C Grandé--is yours.

And the Notes of C Grandé are:

  • Third finger on the low E string, 3rd fret: G

  • Pinky on the A string, 3rd fret: C
  • Second finger on the D string, 2nd fret: E
  • Open G string: G
  • First finger on the B string, 1st fret: C
  • Open high E string: E

...From low E to high E: G C E G C E, and from high E to low E: E C G E C G.

C Grandé is good for use in chord progressions with busy bass-note interplay. The other alternative to Open C Major is to simply let the low E string ring out. The result is a bigger sound than Open C, but not as solid or full as C Grandé.



...You're Ready for the Big C Quiz

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