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G Major

On this page, you'll learn how to play the G chord on guitar, then you can play along with free lessons to help you practice on your own.

The G major chord is one of the first chords beginner guitar players learn to play, and it's really easy—you'll just need three fingers.

g chord

In the video below, we'll teach you exactly where to put your fingers.

STEP BY STEP

  1. Put your first finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
  2. Put your second finger on the third fret of the sixth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the first string.
  4. Play all six strings.

Help Memorizing the G Major Chord

Here's a simple drill to help you memorize the G Major shape.

Start by putting your fingers on the fretboard in the G Major shape.

Play for four beats, then, take your fingers off the fretboard for four beats.

Then, put your fingers back on, and repeat.

This will force your brain to remember where those fingers go each time, while the four beats off give you a chance to think.

Practice Playing G Major with D Major

When learning a new chord, one of the best ways to practice is by playing it to a beat with another chord you already know.

Play along with the video below to move between G and D major, then practice on your own.

Challenge yourself: play a little faster

When you're ready, try playing faster—with eighth notes, and up and down strumming:

SEE ALSO

More chords to practice along with the G major chord:

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D Major
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C Major
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E Minor
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B Minor