The C minor chord is a relatively common guitar chord. The chord itself contains the note G, which means that the chord can technically be played as an open chord (see first shape in image bellow). However, this is not a very common or practical way of playing the chord. Instead, Cm is most often played as a bar chord, on either the 3rd fret (root 5) or 8th fret (root 6).

Some Quick Cm Chord Theory

  • The C minor chord contains the notes C, Eb and G.
  • The C minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the C Major scale.
  • The Cm chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • C minor is the relative minor of Eb Major.
  • Cm is the first chord in the key of C minor. The seven chords in the key of C minor are: Cm, D diminished, Eb+, Fm, G, A, B diminished

10 Ways To Play The C Minor Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Cm, here they are.

C Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

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