In this guitar lesson, we’ll dive into the G major chord, a fundamental chord that adds a bright and cheerful tone to your playing. We’ll break down the finger placement and explore the intervals within the chord, helping you understand how it’s constructed and how to play it effectively.<

Fingering Instructions:

  • Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the A (5th) string.
  • Position your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the low E (6th) string.
  • Lastly, set your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the high E (1st) string.

Interval Structure:

  • Root (R): The G note on the 3rd fret of the low E (6th) string.
  • Major Third (3): The B note on the 2nd fret of the A (5th) string.
  • Perfect Fifth (5): The D note on the open D string.

Playing Tips:

  • Ensure each finger is pressing the strings firmly but not too hard.
  • Strum all the strings.
  • Practice transitioning to and from the G major chord to build fluency.


Now that you’ve learned the G major chord’s fingering and interval structure (R, 3, 5), you’re one step closer to mastering this essential chord. Practice regularly, and soon you’ll be incorporating the G major chord into your favourite songs and compositions.

Stay tuned for more guitar lessons and chord breakdowns right here on Simply Guitar!

This lesson is from the Pick Up The Guitar: Beginners course at Simply Guitar

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