G major chord
G barre 1st
G barre 2nd
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.
Chords that are likely to follow G major in progressions:
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 (320003) includes a tripled root, a doubled third and a fifth. The main alternative version (320033) 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.
G (no3): this is a G major without the third (B).
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
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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A typical figure in bluegrass and country styles.
Alternative shapes and voicings
Here are other ways to play G major:
The first shape is built upon the open D major shape, the second shape is built upon the F major shape. The third shape (XX000X), most suitable for fingerpicking, use D as root note.
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