Are you supposed to strum the thickest string on the C-chord?

Long story short: as Justin explained, the third finger will consecutively play the A string while muting the thickest E string. Do we still strum/play the muted thick E string in the C-Chord? If we don’t strum it, then why do we bother muting it? Just in case we accidentally strum it?

yes, correct. Mute the low E string while playing C in case you accidentally strum it.


Victor welcome to the community.

When learning to play chords with a 5th string root like the A & C major, you should aim to avoid striking the thickest string. Justin teaches the method of muting the E string with the finger tip to avoid it ringing out if hit accidentally but you should practice to hit just 5 strings. Slow steady and accurate practice will ensure this happens. Same goes for D major starting with the open D string, aim to avoid the first two strings.


The notes of a C major chord are the 1st (the root note), 3rd, and 5th notes, which are C (the root note), E and G .

So the open E string is a correct note for a C chord but being the lowest note it ends up being a very strong tone in the chord, so would I am guessing be a C/E chord instead


Thank you, everyone! That makes complete sense.

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You can play it if you change to CaddG, you do this by swapping your ring finger to G on the low E and put your pinkie where your ring finger came from then it would sound ok; it’s a bit like the G and the ‘big’ G.