G chord or G major chord is definitely one of the sweetest chords that you can play on Guitar. It has a wide and happy tonality that makes it one of the most favorite chords for guitarists all around the world. Once you start playing chords to sing a long, you will find a ton of popular songs that uses G chord on open position. This chord is also essential when you start the learn the CGED method.
How to Play G Chord [Open position]
G major chord is derived from G major scale. And as per Chord formula you need the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of the Scale to construct a major chord. Thus we need G, B and D note to play the G major Chord. Here is the method in a step by step manner.
- First put you Ring finger on 3rd fret of 1st string to produce the G note which is the most prominent note for this chord.
- Put your index finger on the 2nd fret of 5th string to produce the note B.
- Then put your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th This will produce the same note G on the 6th string as well. If you have already mastered the notes on a guitar fretboard then you know that the note distribution on first string and 6th is same. Thus, your finger position on first string and your finger on 6th string will produce the same note.
- You don’t need to put any fingers on 2nd, 3rd or 4th string as these strings represent the notes B, G, D which are part of the G chord.
- Now press the fingers on those notes and strum all the strings at once to play the G chord.
- You might see some guitarist hold a D note on the 3rd fret of 2nd string to produce a extra D chord, and using their ring finger the hold 3rd fret on 1st string to produce a G note. This structure gives a better grip on the guitar plus creates a more price tone of a G chord. Do know that both 3 finger hold, and 4 fingers hold approach is correct. The reference photo we have attached below follows the 3 fingers hold approach. Both are correct. Choose the one that you fill most confident to go with.
Now that you know how to play G chord, turn up your metronome and practice for a while to train your brain on how to strum this wonderful chord.