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The G guitar chord

Images and a video of the most common fingering variations from 2nd to 12th fret, plus G as tabs, alternative names and some easy reference songs.

G guitar chord and fingering
G on 2 fret

Play G from 2. fret

G on 2 fret

Another G variation

G on 3 fret

G with a barre on fret 3

G on 5 fret

G chord played in fifth position

G on 7 fret

G played on five strings

G on 10 fret

This voicing for G is played in 10th position

G on 12 fret

G with a barre on fret 12

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How to play G major open chord on guitar

G major can be played several different ways on guitar. See video and diagram here.

All versions of G major

The easiest way to play it is to put your first finger on the fifth string second fret pn your guitar, and then your second finger on the sixth string third fret. Your third finger goes to the first string on the third fret. Play all the strings and you have the G major.

You might see some folks do the same exact notes but without the first finger, so I will play my second finger on the fifth string second fret, and then the third finger on the sixth string at third fret and then my little finger all the way down to the first string third fret. There are some good uses for this because I can change from this chord to C or F pretty quickly if I keep it like this. If I do it the first way it is a bit harder to get it.

So there is one more way to play G. You can play it with all fingers. Use your first finger on the fifth string second fret. Then your second finger on the sixth string third fret and here I will put my ring-finger on the second string third fret and the pinky all the way down to the first string third fret. This can be difficult at first but it has a nice sound.

There is a little bit of a difference, the first way I showed you and the second way does not sound the same, but they are both G’s. The easiest way is the first way I showed you.

G as guitar tabs

 
 e|-------15-------3--------3--------3--------x--------x--------x-----------| 
 B|-------14-------2--------2--------5--------10-------10-------x-----------| 
 G|-------12-------0--------0--------5--------12-------9--------5-----------| 
 D|-------12-------0--------x--------4--------12-------7--------7-----------| 
 A|-------12-------3--------x--------3--------12-------8--------8-----------| 
 E|-------15-------3--------x--------3--------10-------7--------7-----------| 
 

Alternative names

GM, Gmaj, Gmajor, G major

Songs with the G guitar chord

semslem Author: Semslem

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A guitar chords

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B guitar chords

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C guitar chords

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D guitar chords

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E guitar chords

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F guitar chords

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G guitar chords

Triads, tree-notes chords
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Extended chords
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