Overview

There are nine positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C maj7 chord on the mandolin.

In this article you can find the most common chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. If you need help to understand how to play them, you will find step-by-step instructions at the middle of this article. Finally, the article closes with a chord chart for future reference, feel free to print it.

What is a C maj7 Chord?

If it is one thing you need to remember for Seventh chords, it is that they consist of four notes, unlike major and minor chords that consist of 3 notes. So the C maj7, consists of:

  • The root, which for Cmaj7 is C
  • The third, which for Cmaj7 is E
  • The fifth, which for Cmaj7 is G
  • The seventh, which for Cmaj7 is B

See it below displayed on sheet paper:

C7 Major chord

 

Four finger, C maj7 fingered for mandolin

C7 mandolin chord fingered

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • Fourth finger on 4th fret of fourth string.
  • First finger on 2nd fret of  third string.
  • Second finger on 3rd fret of second string.
  • Third finger on 3rd fret of first string.

Note that because the first bass note is B and not the root C , we call this chord third inversion and we write it C maj7/B, meaning that this is a C maj7 with the first note being B.

 

Three finger C maj7 fingered for mandolin

C7 chord fingered for the mandolin

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • Fourth finger on 5th fret of fourth string. 
  • First finger on 2nd fret of both third and second string. 
  • Second finger on 3rd fret of first string. 

Note that because the first bass note is C i.e. the root , we call this chord just C maj7, meaning that this is a C maj7 with the first note being C.

 

Four finger C maj7 fingered for mandolin

C7 chord fingered for the mandolin, third position

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • First finger on 4th fret of fourth string. 
  • Second finger on 5th fret of third string. 
  • Third finger on 7th fret of second string. 
  • Fourth finger on 8th fret of first string. 

Note that because the first bass note is B and not the root C , we call this chord third inversion and we write it C7/B, meaning that this is a C7 with the first note being B.

 

C maj7 Mandolin Chord Variants

As with all chords, there are many variants of the C maj7 chord for the mandolin. I have included nice-looking photorealistic descriptions of the four most common ones on top of this article for your convenience. Nevertheless, if you want to explore more, see below a Chord Sheet that presents all eleven variants for you to practice.

C maj7 chord sheet for the mandolin

How to Practice chords on the mandolin

There are many good articles here at theMandolinTuner for practicing chords. I suggest you start with:

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