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 Slash Chord on Guitar

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

Chord Attributes

  • Intervals: 5 – 1 – 3
  • Notes: G – C – E
  • Chord Symbols: C/G