Learn Your First Guitar Chords: G (Lesson 14 of 19):
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Lesson 14: Learn Your First Guitar Chords (G)
The G major chord is one of the most common chords in all of music, and it’s especially common amongst guitar players. It’s been used is such rock songs as “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and thousands more.
The most common way to play the G chord is in open position (pictured left). The G chord is comprised of the following notes in the key of G major: G (root), B (3rd), D (5th).
Learn Your First Guitar Chords (G)
Step 1: Learn the Shape of the Chord – The G major chord in open position (meaning it’s played at the base of the guitar neck) uses all six strings and all four fingers. Refer to the picture on the left. Study this picture and try to replicate this shape with your fingers before even playing the chord on guitar.
Step 2: Apply this Shape to the Guitar – Now that you’ve practiced forming this shape with your fingers, apply the shape to the fretboard like this:
* 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string
* 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string
* The 4th string is open
* The 3rd string is open
* 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string
* 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string
Step 3: Strum the Chord – Strum the chord out clearly. Adjust your fingers accordingly so that there are no muffled notes or buzzing sounds. Be sure to hit each finger on the frets at a right angle to get the cleanest sound out of the G chord.
Other Ways to Play a G Chord on Guitar
Here are 2 other voicings of the G chord that you can play in other positions on the guitar neck:
This is a G bar chord that starts on the 3rd fret.
This is a G bar chord that starts on the 10th fret.
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