How to Play a Cmaj7. A Cmaj7 chord (C Major 7) is just a little fancier C chord. A C chord with just a little more spice to it. And a lot times you can substitute Cmaj7 for a basic C chord to add a little more interest.
C Major 7 Chord
(Video Guitar Lesson)
How to play a Cmaj7 chord. The version of the Cmaj7 I’m going to show you in this guitar lesson is a little different than some of the other basic voicings for this chord. Since it uses all 6 string, and has the 1st, 2nd and 3rd string open…this has kind of an “airy” or “floaty” sound to it.
One very common way to play a Cmaj7 chord is to just play a basic open position C chord, and let go of your 1st finger. And while they are both Cmaj7 chords, they each have a slightly different sound.
Now I’m going to show you a different way to play an Em chord than you might already know that fits nicely with our new Cma7 chord. All you have to do is just lift up your 2nd finger…and magic, you have an Em chord.
So using this version of an Em and Cmaj7 chord can have a new and more interesting way to play those sounds. Rather than just playing the “usual suspects” when it come to guitar chords, try and find alternate ways to play things. That will make your songs sound more unique, and can even give the cover songs you are playing a unique arrangement.
Have fun with your new Cmaj7 chord.