How to Play a G Major Open Chord on Guitar

Learn how to play a G major open chord in this Howcast video.

Transcript

So how about G major? G major can be played several different ways. The easiest way to play it is you're going to put your 1st finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret; then your 2nd finger on the 6th string, 3rd fret; and then your 3rd finger is going to go on the 1st string, 3rd fret. And you can strum all the strings - G major. Now, you might see some folks do the same exact notes but without their first fingers. So what does that mean? I'm going to play my 2nd finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret; and then my 3rd finger's going to go on the 6th string, 3rd fret; and then my pinky - if you can - get it all the way down there to the 1st string, 3rd fret. So 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, I have to finagle a little bit to get it there. So there's still one more way to play G. You can play it with all 4 fingers. And how you do that is you use your 1st finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret; then you're going to use your 2nd finger on the 6th string, 3rd fret; and then here I'm going to put my ring finger, my 3rd finger, on 2nd string, 3rd fret; and then my pinky is going to go all the way down to the 1st string, 3rd fret. So I'm using all 4 fingers - that can be difficult at first. It's got a nice sound, though - that's G. Here's a little bit of difference: here's the first way I showed you, and here's the second way. Both G, a little bit different, but the easiest way is the first way I showed you - G.

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