C6 Guitar Chords, Pt.1

Our C6 Guitar Chords Lesson, Part 1 in a series, gives you TAB and notation for where to find the most basic of chords.

We start this series off looking at the C6 lap steel guitar chords C, D, E, F, G, A, B.

The TAB and notation below give you the location of all these chords.

A good way to practice enforcing your knowledge of these is to follow the exercise below: pluck each chord, hold for four counts, then move to the next chord and repeat.

Try practicing with vibrato and without. This exercise is also great for the right hand fingerpicking.

Audio Companion Lesson MP3

Wanna hear what these chords should sound like AND how to use this exercise to start improvising and exploring your lap steel?

Have a listen to our new companion C6 Chords Audio Lesson. Clicking the link will play the audio-only lesson in a new tab or window, have it playing in the background while looking at the TAB/notation here and practice along.

This audio only portion includes improvisation ideas and some info on using backing tracks by Band In A Box to make practicing much more fun. Enjoy!

In the example above, start out by plucking strings 6, 5 and 4 using thumb, index and middle, respectively. This is the C Major chord, or more simply the C chord or just plain "C".

Hold the C Chord for 4 counts, then pluck the same set of strings on the 2nd fret to play the D chord, and so forth to the E chord.

The chords F, G and A are on the 5th, 7th and 9th frets, respectively....

...we finish off with the B chord at the 11th fret. At the 12th fret we have another C chord--this one is an octave higher than the one we started with.

In the next installment, we'll explore "The In-Between Chords".

Go to the following page to learn even more about C6 Guitar Chords for lap steel guitar.