Guitar basics: the G-chord

Meet the G-chord. Perhaps the most basic, versatile, and essential chord in music._DSC0007

It’s also easy to learn, which is why most guitar teachers start their lessons by introducing their students to the friendly G-chord. So, let’s get acquainted.

Basic beginner knowledge

The acoustic guitar has six strings: from low (top string) to high (bottom string) the strings are E, A, D, G, B, E. The guitar is divided into frets which are marked on the fingerboard.


To play a basic G-chord place your pointer finger on the A string in the second fret. You need to press down hard to get the right sound.


Next place your middle finger on the E string in the third fret, really press it (it’s the heftier of the strings).



Once both fingers are in position, you can practice strumming. To start out try strumming down four times while holding the G-chord. Count 1-2-3-4 to maintain your rhythm. (Make sure to hit every string on the guitar as you strum.)

If you have that covered, try four down-up strums. If you’re counting the rhythm should be 1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and (the numbers are the down strums, the ands–the up strums).

_DSC0007Complete the G-chord

Add the two other fingers now. Your ring finger on the B string in the third fret and your pinky finger on the E string also in the third fret. Strum through. If it doesn’t sound right, make sure you are pressing each finger hard enough and you aren’t touching any other strings.

Strum through again. Sound good? Practice your down-up strums again.

_DSC0004 While in the beginning learning an instrument can be challenging and frustrating, in the end it’s one of the greatest outlets for all of life’s ups and downs. Go ahead, get to know the G-chord.


“Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” Jimi Hendrix


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