G chord guitar chart

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Welcome to the second installment of Chord by Chord, a series designed to build your fretboard familiarity and understanding of harmony. Today we’re going to take a look at a G major chord. I’ll show you how to play a G chord in a few different places on the fretboard, with G always at the bottom of the chord.

The Work

A G chord is a major triad, made up of three notes: G (root), B (third), and D (fifth), as shown in Example 1. Since we have six strings on the guitar, some notes are repeated in most chord shapes. If we take a look at Example 2a, you’ll see that there are 3 Gs and 2 Bs. In this case, the lowest note in the chord is the root note G on the low E string. For a variation on the G open chord, you can play the third fret on the B string to add a second D to the chord, as shown in Example 2b.

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Next, in Example 3a, we have the most common closed voicing—in other words, no open strings—a barre chord played in third position. Notice that the lowest note is still G on the low E string. As shown in Example 3b, you can also play this chord with just the bottom four notes. With just the bottom three, it would be a power chord, as it’s missing the middle note, or the third of the chord. Or, as shown in Example 3c, you can play just the top four strings. In this case, the lowest note would be the G played on the D string at fret 5.

Example 4 shows a less common chord shape, in seventh position. Here, the lowest note is the G played on the 10th fret of the A string. Lastly, for Example 5a, we have a barre chord in 10th position, minus the low E string. If the third finger barre is too difficult, fret strings 4, 3, and 2 with your second, third, and fourth fingers, respectively. You can also play a derivation of this chord, Example 5b, on just the top three strings. This time, the lowest note is the G on the G string at the 12th fret. Though I prefer to use my second, third, and first fingers on strings 3, 2, and 1, you could instead try your third, fourth, and first fingers—go with whatever fingering feels most natural.

The Result

If you also have watched the first installment of the series, you should now know how to a few different ways to play a C chord as well. There are plenty of songs that make use of a C and G chord, for example, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”

That’s it for this installment on the G chord. Tune in next time and I’ll show you a variety of ways to play a D major chord.

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The G chord on the guitar is usually one of the first chords new players learn. It sounds great, it's easy to play, what's not to like?

Here is the G chord on guitar in open position. It is played by placing your first finger on the 5th string 2nd fret, 2nd finger on the 6th string 3rd fret, and 3rd finger on the 1st string 3rd fret. The other strings are played open. As a complete beginner, this chord shape will feel foreign and difficult. As your muscle memory forms, this chord will be as routine as ever. Don't give up, it gets easier.

G chord guitar First position

Another common variation of the G chord is this barred version played on the 3rd fret. It uses the E chord shape. To play this chord, you bar all strings with your 1st finger. You then place your 3rd finger on the 5th string 5th fret. Then place your 4th finger on the 4th string 5th fret. Lastly, place your 2nd finger on the 3rd string 4th fret. This one takes some getting used to, but as you build your hand strength it will become easy.

G chord guitar variation

This variation of the G chord looks just like the F chord, but is played on the 3rd fret. As you learn these chords, you will notice a lot of patterns. This is one of them. Use this version to leave off the bass notes and have a more higher ranged sound.

G chord guitar variation

If you want to look real fancy, play this version of the G chord on the 10th fret. This is a bar chord of the A shape. To play it, you bar across the 1st through 5th strings with your first finger at the 10th fret, then bar the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings with your 3rd finger at the 12th fret. Notice the different voicing of this version. It really has a different sound than the first version I showed.

G chord guitar variation

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G Major

HOW TO PLAY

On this page, you'll learn how to play the G chord on guitar, then you can play along with free lessons to help you practice on your own.

The G major chord is one of the first chords beginner guitar players learn to play, and it's really easy—you'll just need three fingers.

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In the video below, we'll teach you exactly where to put your fingers.

STEP BY STEP

  1. Put your first finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
  2. Put your second finger on the third fret of the sixth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the first string.
  4. Play all six strings.

Help Memorizing the G Major Chord

Here's a simple drill to help you memorize the G Major shape.

Start by putting your fingers on the fretboard in the G Major shape.

Play for four beats, then, take your fingers off the fretboard for four beats.

Then, put your fingers back on, and repeat.

This will force your brain to remember where those fingers go each time, while the four beats off give you a chance to think.

NEXT STEPS

THEORY

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Practice Playing G Major with D Major

When learning a new chord, one of the best ways to practice is by playing it to a beat with another chord you already know.

Play along with the video below to move between G and D major, then practice on your own.

Challenge yourself: play a little faster

When you're ready, try playing faster—with eighth notes, and up and down strumming:

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Guitar Chord: G Major

Key

x = don't play string
o = play open string
If the same fingering appears for more than one string, place the finger flat on the fingerboard as a 'bar', so all the strings can sound.

See also the G Piano Chord

Examples of use
In major keys, major chords are found on the I, IV and V (1st, 4th and 5th) degrees of the scale.
In G major, that means G, C and D. These three chords form the basis of a huge number of popular songs.

In a minor key, a major chord is found on the III, V and VI (3rd, 5th and 6th) degrees of the scale.
For example, in C minor, there are major chords on Eb, Ab and G







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G major chord

G major chord for guitar in different forms, both open and barre chords.
More G chord categories:Gm | G7 | Gmaj7 | Gm7


G

  • G chord diagram

G barre 1st

  • G barre chord diagram

G barre 2nd

  • G barre chord diagram

Alternative shapes

G

  • G chord diagram alternative fingerring

G

  • G chord diagram with muted string

Relevant chords

G (no3)

  • G no 3rd chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

G - D - Em - C

Chords that sounds good together with G major

The primary chords that sound good to combine with G in chord progressions are: Am, Bm, C, D, Em.

Follow-up chords

Chords that are likely to follow G major in progressions:
&#; C
&#; D
&#; Em
&#; Bm

Finger position (G chord)

Index (1st) finger or middle (2nd) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 2nd fret.
Middle (2nd) finger or ring (3rd) finger on 6th (thinnest) string, 3rd fret.
Little (4th) finger on 1st (thinnest) string, 3rd fret.

Theory of the G chord

The notes that a G chord consists of are G, B, D. The main presented version () includes a tripled root, a doubled third and a fifth. The main alternative version () includes a tripled root, a third and a doubled fifth.
To get G7 add F.
To get Gmaj7 add F#.
To get G6 add E.

Comments

G (no3): this is a G major without the third (B).

Inversions

1st inversion: G/B (means that B is the bass note).
2nd inversion: G/D (means that D is the bass note).
Diagrams of these inversions

Omissions (dyads)

G (no3) is a G major with no third (B).
G (no5) is a G major with no fifth (D).

Written in tab format

- 3 -
- 0 -
- 0 -
- 0 -
- 2 -
- 3 -


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Chord lick

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Alternative shapes and voicings

Here are other ways to play G major:

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The first shape is built upon the open D major shape, the second shape is built upon the F major shape. The third shape (XXX), most suitable for fingerpicking, use D as root note.

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G Guitar Chord | Standard Tuning

Alternate Names

GM, Gmaj, Gmajor, G major

Guitar Tuning

Standard Tuning

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This is the G major chord. The G chord is one of the most common guitar chords.

This is an abbreviated version of the G major chord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O

O

 

 

This is an alternate version of the G chord. Some dub this the "rock" G.

This version of a G chord utilizes the shape of an open D chord.

X

X

 

 

 

 

This is an abbreviated version of the G barre chord played in third position. Notice how this chord voicing does not involve a barre.

This is the basic "open" G chord that utilizes the "second finger root" fingering.

X

 

 

 

 

X

This G major barre chord is played in 10th position.

This is an abbreviated version of the basic "open" G major chord

This version of the "open" G chord omits the fifth string. This chord is featured in the original recording of "About a Girl."

 

 

 

 

X

X

This voicing for G major utilizes a common, movable chord shape.

 

 

 

 

O

X

This chord is a G/A slash chord. That means it is a G Major chord with an A bass note.

This voicing of G major features the third, B, in the bass.

 

 

 

 

B

G

This G major chord omits the fifth of the chord.

 

 

 

G

B

 

This voicing for G/B omits the fifth of the chord.

This is the open G chord with F# in the bass.

This G/B chord is used in the intro to "Stairway to Heaven."

 

 

 

 

 

X

This is the G Major chord played using the A shape barre chord at the 10th fret.

This G major triad features the third of the chord (B) in the bass.

This G triad features the note A as a low pedal tone.

The G chord can also be known as GM, Gmaj, Gmajor, G major chord

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