The G major guitar chord is one of the most lush and full sounding chords you can play on your guitar due to the fact that there are up to three open strings ringing out when you play it at the open position. G major chords are made up from the notes G (root note), B (major 3rd) and D (perfect 5th). Watch this video for how to play a G major chord:
As you will see in this video, there are several options for holding a G major guitar chord:
Using the pinky instead of the ring finger on high e string:
Including the third fret of B (a D note) instead of open B:
Try all of these variations to see which ones feel the best to hold for you and to discover what chord sounds the best to you. After this we move on to a G major barre chord, beginning at the third fret of the E string just like the open chord version.
G major barre chord diagram:
Now after you learn this barre chord we take a look at the other one, which begins at the 10th fret of the A string. This lesson then shows you a “D-shaped” G major chord that is played on the G B and e strings only. This lesson finishes with showing you how to play the intro melody to this guitar chord lesson.
The melody simply plays the notes of a G major (Ionian) scale against a repeating open G string. The notes in the scale are G A B C D E F#, but we are starting at a G note and going backwards when playing this little melody.
G major intro melody guitar TAB:
This melody sounds great, especially when it ends with a full open G major chord. Take it slow at first until you have the picking clean, and make sure to let that open G string ring out nice and clear the whole time as it adds a nice contrast to the G major scale notes!