G chord inversions

G/B and G/D are the first and second inversions of the G major. This means that the bass tone is shifting from G to B or D. Both these chords are also referred to as slash chords.


  • G/B chord diagram X20003


  • G/D chord diagram XX0433

Try in a chord progression

C - G/B - Am
Em - G/D - D

Theory of the G/B and G/D chords

Both chords consist of the notes G, B, D. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. B is the bass note in the first inversion and D is the bass note in the second inversion. A comparison between the main G major and the two inversions can be seen below.

Alternative fingerings

Two other common fingerings for G/B are X2003X and X20033. Two other options for G/D are XX0003 and X5543X.

Alternative chord names

G/B is identical with Bm#5.
G/D is identical with D6sus4.

See also G7 inversions | Gmaj7 inversions

Chord construction

G  G - B - D - G - B - G
G/B  x - B - D - G - B - G
G/D  x - x - D - B - D - G
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

G  G - B - D
G/B  B - D - G
G/D  D - G - B
Only the order of notes differs