Watch the Common Chords & Bass Patterns online guitar lesson by Cathy Fink from Bluegrass Rhythm Handbook

The C and F chord shapes don't have the drive that G has, but there are tons of songs and tunes in C. Many players will capo at the second fret and use these chord shapes for the key of D or higher keys.

You'll find each batch of chord shapes has their own tonality and where you choose to play a song will depend on what tonality you're looking for. Here are some common and innovative ways of connecting the chords in the key of C.