The G major chord is quite easy as it requires only 3 fingers.
The standard voicing has a big and bright sound, because it uses three open strings, and sounds great on an acoustic guitar.
This chord is derived from the G major scale, which is G A B C D E F# G, stacking the first, 3rd and 5th notes: G B and D.
To learn how chords are created, check my chord construction how-to.
On music scores and guitar tabs, you could encounter these name variations for the G Major chord:
- G Major
- G Maj
- G M
- G Major Triad
- Or simply G (the quality is often implicit with major chords)
Notes in the G maj chord:
Tones of the Major chord:
Keys With The G Major Chord
Here are the most common keys that have a G major chord.
The most common place where to find a G major chord is the 5th degree of the C major key, in which its function is dominant.
C Major Key
G Major Key
D Major Key
E Minor Key
A Minor Key
B Minor Key
Songs With The G Major Chord
There are a tons of easy guitar songs with the G chord.
Here are some notable examples:
- Big Rock Candy Mountain
- You Shook Me All Night Long (Ac/Dc)
- Ring Of Fire
- Yellow Submarine
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Free Bird
As you can see, the list could be endless, so you really must know the G major chord!
Possible Substitutions For The G Major Chord
Depending on its role in the progressions, this chord can be substituted with other forms:
To sound more jazzy, you could even use a Db7 instead of the G7 (this is called tritone substitution).
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Pick some of the tones from the fretboard map below and play this chord in new ways.