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A Guide for Beginners - Major Chords - Page 4

by Christopher Sung
 
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The G Major Chord
There are a few different ways to finger a G Major chord, and the fingering presented below is just one of them. I like this particular fingering because if you're feeling adventurous, you can add your 3rd (ring) finger to the 2nd string, 3rd fret (just below the pinky), and give the chord a bit more punch. The more traditional way to finger it is to use your 2nd and 3rd fingers in place of your 1st and 2nd fingers in the chart below, leaving your 1st (index) finger free. The reason for this is to allow you to shift more easily to a C or G7 chord:

Thus, the chart for the G chord above tells us the following:

  • 1st String - Put your pinky on the 3rd fret
  • 2nd String - Play it open
  • 3rd String - Play it open
  • 4th String - Play it open
  • 5th String - Put your index finger on the 2nd fret
  • 6th String - Put your middle finger on the 3rd fret
So try it out. Put your fingers in place and strum it. It's OK if some notes don't ring. That's natural. Note that if another fingering feels better, then by all means go with that. This is the first chord in which we get to play all 6 strings, so you don't have to be precise in your strumming.

Try playing the music example below, set your loop count to "Forever" in your preferences at the bottom of the page, hit the play button, wait for the music to start, and try to play along with the example. It'll help you become more comfortable with the chord.

 
 
 
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