As you sit down to learn the guitar, you may be feeling overwhelmed by how many different chords there are on the guitar. Fortunately for beginners, there are just a few essential guitar chords that will serve as the foundation for all other chords.
In this lesson, we are going to talk about the G chord. Even though the G chord involves all four fingers and all six strings, it is a beautiful sounding chord that is easier to make than it looks. You’ll give your fingers a great workout while also understanding some basic chord theory.
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G Chord Guitar Basics
For starters, the G chord looks harder than it actually is. Taking the chord step-by-step, finger-by-finger, you’ll start to understand the G chord shape. Eventually, you’ll be able to grab this chord with ease and confidence whenever you start playing your guitar.
If you’re wondering how to play a G chord, start by placing your pinky finger on the high E string on the third fret. From there, place your ring finger on the B string on the third fret. Then, place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. Finally, place your first finger on the third fret of the low E string. The D and G strings remain open.
Once you have all your fingers placed for the G chord, try strumming your guitar. Make sure that each string is able to ring out as you strum. If you find that there are muted strings, try putting more arch in your fingers — and make sure you are using the tips of your fingers when making any guitar chords!
Remembering the G Chord on your Guitar
Now that you have built the G chord, you might be wondering how you could possibly remember that chord. Alternatively, you may be struggling with placing your fingers in a timely manner. As a beginning guitar player, don’t beat yourself up too much. Instead, focus on slow and steady repetition.
Practice taking your hand away from the fretboard for a few seconds. Then, place your fingers in the G chord position and strum. Again, the focus is on precise movement and comfort rather than speed. Eventually, you’ll be able to do this faster and with greater agility.
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