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How do you play a G chord?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Steve 78, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Thumb wrapped over the neck and on the 3rd fret lo E string
    Index finger covering the 3rd fret on the B and hi E strings
     
  2. Pickingthru

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    I play the one that sounds the best for the song I'm playing. It does vary.
     
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    320033 is one of the most beautiful chords I can think of. Love it moved up to C (?), X32033, then drop the C to X02033 for some kind of chimey, weird A (?) (sorry, self taught and no idea how chord construction works!)...
     
  4. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Friend of Leo's

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    Another good one to know is the bluegrass power chord!

    3 - G
    3 - B
    0 - G
    0 - D
    x - x
    3 - G
     
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    A couple of years ago someone on here referred to 320033 as “the bluegrass power chord” and that’s stuck with me because I think it’s :lol:

    Edit to add that I see @Junkyard Dog beat me to it.
     
  6. Mr. St. Paul

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    Same here, with my thumb muting the 5th string. Pete Townshend's power chords with no thirds had a big impact on me as a wee lad.
     
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    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I mainly use the E form o electric and whichever is convenient on acoustic.
    I use this from time to time.
     
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    I usually use 2,3,4 too, and most of the time play 320003. This fingering makes it easier to switch to a C or F chord. It also provides a good basis for moving that shape up the neck as a barre chord.

    But I will also play it 1, 2, 3 if the song lends itself to it. Think of the traditional D-C-G movement of xx0232, x32033, 320033 that gets used in a ton of songs. (Edit: sorry, just saw Gardo's post, which is exactly what I was talking about)

    It's good to feel comfortable using either.

    Cheers,
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    I’m in the ‘it depends’ group. They’ve all got their uses.
     
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    xx000x is a fabulous ‘passing chord’ version of G - just let it ring for a moment or two at the right time - you can get to it instantly from anywhere on the neck. Or playing it as a 12th fret harmonic is easy too.
     
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  11. Matthias

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    Depends what fingers I need spare!
     
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    That's me. Getting almost right every time.

    Sometimes I wish I was more than a dilettante.

    ;)
    Daniel
     
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    Fwiw, a C+9/C2 with that D on the B string is not imho a substitute for a C chord. It is a different chord....appropriate when called for and totally out of place if one wants a real C chord. Many younger players do not understand this. They also do not take into account that in many cases when they drone a 5th from the I chord into a 9th for the IV chord and then drone that same note for the V chord this making it a Vsus4 how screwy this sounds. They do not know the names of these chords, and they are not listening to the song’s construction....so I don’t listen to that type of playing.
    As always...ommv as to what they want to hear.
     
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    Whatever is called for.

    If everything is easy I play the 4-finger version where you play the D note on the 2nd string. If you're going to switch to a D major chord then this version can be more efficient.

    If there progression switches to G7 or Cadd9 or something a lot then I play the 3-finger version, etc.. as that will be more efficient.

    There are a whole lot more G chords on the fretboard anyway.
     
  15. beninma

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    Yes yes yes this.

    I know someone who is newer who thinks he can always just throw in a Cadd9 instead of a C because it makes easier when going back and forth with G.

    It kind of drives me nuts. It would be just as bad as throwing in Cmaj7/C7 in the wrong place as a substitute for C Major.

    A lot of the time this is just to prevent moving fingers, not a conscious desire to change the sound of the song, it can be pretty innocent.
     
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    I go 50/50-ish with either an open or else a standard barre, but often I slip in 787xxx depending on the mood and when/where I am located on the fingerboard and what the next phrase will be.
     
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    I think it's just about "voicing" and the particular song. But my standard go-to cowboy chord G is option A.
     
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    +1000, less so with an acoustic guitar, moreso electric.
     
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    When I first started playing it was 300003, playing the low E with my thumb because that's how our church pastor played it and showed it to me. Then I got a basic chord book from somewhere and moved to 320003. A long time later I found out about the 320033 fingering and that's what I almost always use now. It feels natural to the hand and sounds fuller to my ear.
     
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    The first option, in addition to facilitating easy transit to C and F, it also allows for ease of movement from the position to Gmaj7, G7, G6, and God's favorite chord, Gsus, without having to do much movement.
     
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