Introduction to the G chord on guitar
Learning to play the G chord on guitar is a common first step in a guitarist’s journey. This lesson will help you learn it with ease.
It’s 1 of the 5 foundational open major guitar chords, the other 4 chords being C,A,E, and D.
How to play the open G chord on guitar
The most commonly seen version of the G chord on guitar is the 3 finger, open position shape. This is called the “G shape”.
Here’s how to play the G chord, step-by-step:
- Place your pinky finger on fret 3 of the high E string
- Place your middle finger on fret 2 of the A string
- Place your ring finger on fret 3 of the low E string
- Strum all 6 strings. Make sure you can hear each string clearly!
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The One Finger G Chord
There is an easier way to play the G chord. The one finger G chord uses just a single finger on the fretting hand, the ring finger placed at the third fret high E string.
With your ring finger there, play the G,B, and high E strings. This chord couldn’t be any easier, and is oftentimes a first guitar chord for kids.
Understanding the G chord on guitar
Notes in the G chord
The notes in the G major chord are G,B, and D.
G chord intervals
|1 (root)||3 (third)||5 (fifth)|
Questions about the G chord on guitar
Is the G chord difficult?
You might be having a hard time playing the G chord. The G chord can be difficult because of the use of the pinky finger, plus the wide stretch required to play the chord.
You’ll overcome this barrier as you practice more with your pinky finger and learn proper fret hand positioning.
Now that you’ve learned the G chord on guitar you can move onto new things!
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