C sharp major is a cheery sounding chord that you might recognize from songs by U2 and Ed Sheeran. Thankfully, it’s not too tough to pick up on.
Here are the notes, positions, and songs to learn C sharp major. Here are five methods for playing it correctly:
E-Shape C# chord
- Use your 1st finger to press down all 6 strings on the 9th fret.
- Place your next (2nd) finger on the 10th fret of the 3rd (G) String.
- Move your 3rd finger on string 5 (A) and your 4th to string 4 (D). Both go on the 11th fret.
- Strum down all 6 strings.
Try another barre: The Fm guitar chord
A-Shape C# chord
Like the E-shape chords, the A-shape barre chord means that you form the standard A major chord with your index finger barred on a particular fret.
This chord is on a lower fret on the guitar, producing a deeper sound. Going from the 9th to the 4th fret, the A shape C# chord is good for jazzier songs.
- Press down Strings 1-5 (E-A) of the 4th fret.
- Place your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th finger on the 6th fret.
- Move the 2nd finger to String 4 (D), 3rd to 3 (G), 4th to 2nd (B).
- Strum from Strings E to A.
Another quick & easy barre: Eb minor (Ebm guitar chord)
3 Finger C# chord
The position of your fingers in this progression makes it easy to avoid hitting muted chords.
- Place your 1st and 2nd finger on the 1st fret. 1st finger goes to string 3 (G), 2nd to string 1 (E).
- Move your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret, string 2 (B).
- Strum strings 3 to 1 (G to E), keeping the last 3 strings muted.
Straight Line C# chord
One version of C sharp major lets you put 3 fingers on the same fret.
- Find the 6th fret.
- Place your fingers as desired over string 4 to 2 (D to B).
- Strum only the strings you’re holding.
2-Finger C # Major
If you want the simplest C # Major to begin with, try this 2-note method.
- Put your 1st finger on the 1st fret, 3rd String (G).
- 2nd finger to the 2nd fret, 2nd String (B).
- Strum only the strings you have down (B and G).
Most people know the C# chord as Db instead. They’re what we call enharmonic chords, meaning they produce the same sound. But depending on your song, you might find it easier to notate the chord one way or another.
We enjoy the C# chord for upbeat rock n roll songs. You can find it in hit bebop or jazz-rock songs like The Girl from Ipanema.
Songs in Key of C# Major
Although we know C sharp major from jazz songs, it’s the key of several contemporary rock songs. See below for a shortlist of C# major songs you might recognize:
- Mr. Brightside by The Killers.
- Broken Strings by Jim Morrison.
- Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses.
- Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day.
- I’m Still Standing by Elton John.
- Thnks fr th Mmrs by Fall out Boy.
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