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Video:How to Play the Different Types of G Chords

with Django Ward

The different types of G chords are similarly played, but produce distinct sounds. Here are tips on how to play the different G chords, including G major, G minor and G7 chord.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play the Different Types of G Chords

Hi, this is Django Ward for About.com. Today I am going to show you how to play a couple of the most basic G chords.

Play the Basic G Major Chord

One of the most commonly used forms of the G chord is the basic, what we call "cowboy" chord, which are the chords that are in this area of the neck which use open strings.I am going to start with this shape here, this is a G major chord. We are going to put our second finger on the sixth string, the low E string on the third fret. Afterwards we are going to put our first finger on the fifth string, the A string on the second fret.

Then we are going to put our third finger on the first string, the high E on the third fret. You are putting your fingers straight down onto the strings, and play those strings one by one to make sure they are all sounding, and then try playing the whole chord.

Another Way to Play the G Major Chord

Another way to play it is, you can substitute this note, which is the major third of this chord, for this note, which is a fifth, and it's still a G major chord. So, to do that, you start off just like the other one. Second finger, third fret of the sixth chord. First finger, second fret of the fifth chord. And this time we are going to put our third finger on the third fret of the second string, the B string. And we are going to put our fourth finger on the third fret of the first string, the high E.

Play the G7 Chord

Now, in the same position, we can play what's called a G seven. We are going to have to put our third finger on the third fret, sixth string. Second finger on the second fret of the fifth string, and this time we are going to put our first finger on the first string, the high E, on the first fret.

Play the G Minor Chord

I would like to show you a simple G minor. We are going back to one of our first chords, the standard G major that we played before, with this third finger here. This, in the G minor chord has to be here, whereas, with the G major chord it is not important. When we are playing in a G minor chord in this position, we are going to have to leave that one down. This time all we will have to do is to move our second finger from the major third down to the minor third. So, we will move that down one half step, or one fret space.

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