Learn The Shape For The Open G Major Chord!

g major chord shapeHere is the shape for the open G major chord. This shape is very common but it is also very useful. Making this chord can be difficult for some people at first. Just make sure to curve your fingers over and come down the very tips of them. Alternatively, you can make this chord with your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers instead of your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers. If you need help reading chord diagrams you can go directly to the how to read guitar chord diagrams guitar lesson.

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  • Mariran says:

    Concerning Part 2 of the 5-part Beginner’s sirees, as you go to and perform (called “Fretting”) these G-Chord fingering patterns, notice where your fingers fall in relation to your banjo neck’s “Inlays” and your “Dots” that some, not all, banjos have placed on the side of the neck. If your banjo has Dots you’ll be able to see them as you look down at the neck. Some banjos have Inlays that are nothing but little Dots. Some of these aren’t even “inlaid”, actually. Rather, some of them are painted on. However, when I refer to “Dots”, I’m talking about little markings on the side of your neck that should fall between the same Frets that your Inlay is in. These Dots and Inlays are there for a greater purpose than just making your banjo neck look prettier than most other instruments. They help you “read the neck”. This means that by paying attention to where your fingers fall as you fret your Chords you will, eventually, be able to tell at a quick glance where you have to place those fingers so as to achieve the next Chord Position. It will be an invaluable aid to you as your fingers become more familiar with grabbing Chords quickly. “Reading the neck” is a skill you want to cultivate. Luckily, your Inlays make it easy. -Jesse

  • Lucy says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve has so much trouble learning the 4basics, G, D, Em and C but you’ve helped loads:)

  • nufi says:

    hey i recently started to learn the guitar but i have doubled jointed fingers i dont know if u ever heard of this before but im really having trouble with g major chord in your lessons do u have any suggestions ?

  • Mike says:

    Persevere. Its just practice practice and practice. Try the bar shape.

  • Natalie says:

    i just have the hardest time doing this… my pinkie just isn’t pressing hard enough!!! :(. but you helped thanks!


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