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3: Beginner: G Chord Shapes

John-Paul Gentile

20:07 · Acoustic Guitar

In this lesson we'll cover chord shapes in the key of G as well as describing the differences between major and minor chords.

3: Beginner: G Chord Shapes

John-Paul Gentile

Probably the most popular chords we use in a worship setting are the G chord, C chord, D chord and the E minor chord.

Major is a “happy” chord – it sounds good.

Fingers:
  • thumb
  • 1 = pointer
  • 2 = middle
  • 3 = index/ring
  • 4 = pinkie
G Chord:
  • 2nd finger 3rd fret E string = G note, the root note.
  • 1stfinger 2nd fret A string
  • D & G strings open
  • 3rd finger 3rd fret B string
  • 4th finger 3rd fret E string

Muscle memory – over time your hands will actually form into these positions. Keep practicing!

Using a pic:

Hold between your thumb and first finger. It plucks each string. As you go down the strings, it plucks a string then rests on the next one before plucking that and then resting on the next and so on.

C Chord:
  • 3rd finger, 3rd fret, A string – easy way to do that is to use the first dot on the fret board
  • 2nd finger, 2nd fret, D string
  • G string open
  • 1st finger 1st fret E string
  • E open
  • Don’t hit the top E String – it will sound muddy. Use the pad of the 3rd finger to mute the E string
  • Use the top of the palm to mute the bottom E string
  • Try not to strike the whole set of strings, start with the C note. Position your right hand to start on the C OR C add 9:
  • 2nd finger 3rd fret A string
  • 1st finger 2nd fret D string
  • 3rd finger 3rd fret B string
  • 4th finger 3rd fret E string (optional)
  • This chord is very similar to the G chord played earlier, just moved up to the next groupings of strings.
D chord:
  • 1st finger 2nd fret G string
  • 3rd finger 3rd fret B string
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret E string
  • D is open – start on it so the chord doesn’t sound muddy
  • You can use the thumb to mute the top strings but it does create a tone so it’s better to just strike the strings you need to. OR
  • take the C formation and move it up 2 frets. Or go from 1st dot to next dot.
  • Use the same technique of thumb to mute top E string, and pad to mute bottom E string
  • 3rd finger 5th fret A string
  • 2nd finger 4th fret D string
  • open G
  • 1st finger 3rd fret B string
E minor chord:
  • leave the E string open
  • 1st finger 2nd fret A string
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret D string
  • Rest of the strings are open, and you can play all of the strings

There are ways to play the chords to transition more smoothly. JP demonstrates.

“Won Me”
  • Worship C, G, D, Em
  • Next lesson is rhythm and strumming. For now, just practice down strumming.