The C/G chord, which is read as ‘C over G’, is the second inversion of a C major chord. It is also called a ‘slash chord’, which is nothing to do with the Guns N’ Roses guitarist – it simply has a different note at the bass of the chord. The chord is written to the left of the slash, with the bass note to the right.
C/G has the same notes as a C major chord but the lowest note has to be a G, as opposed to a normal C major chord where the C is the bass note. It is mostly used as a passing, pedal, or cadential six-four chord.
Fingering the C/G Chord
- Use your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the low E string
- Place your pinky on the 3rd fret of the A string
- Put your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D string
- Place your index finger on the 1st fret of the B string
- Strum all the strings together
- Intervals: 5 – 1 – 3
- Notes: G – C – E
- Chord Symbols: C/G
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