Learn How to Play a Guitar G Chord in our Free Online Lesson for Beginners

In this lesson, you will learn how to make a guitar G chord. The G chord on the guitar will be easily accomplished by following the chart and photos in our FREE lesson that includes everything you need to know regarding proper finger position as well as strumming instructions for G Major.

The G on guitar is one of the 15 chords that form the foundation that every beginner guitar player must have in order to succeed, so let's get started.

To play a G chord on the guitar you will place your:


1st finger (index finger) on the fifth (5th) string in the second (2nd) fret

2nd finger (middle finger) on the sixth (6th) string in the third (3rd) fret


3rd finger (ring finger) on the first (1st) string in the third (3rd) fret

You can see an example of correct finger position for the G major guitar chord in the following picture.

How to Play a G Chord on Guitar



To play a guitar G chord you will strike all SIX (6) strings of the guitar. There are no strings to avoid as you will see from the lack of a RED "X" graphic in the above chart.

Strum across all 6 strings of the guitar completely and evenly and follow the instructions for correct finger position and you can mark G major off your list of chords to learn.

If you haven't already taken care of it, please learn how to make the E chord, the A chord and the D chord as soon as possible. They play a part in the first chord progressions used in many of the easy guitar songs that I will be teaching you. When you learn them, we can start to play real music and work on chord shapes and strumming techniques that you will enjoy. Master those basic chords and practice making changes from one to the other until you can easily do so without stopping to change the position of your fingers on the fret board.

The G chord is on our list of the 15 basic guitar chords that you will need to know to successfully learn guitar using Easy Guitar Guy's Free Lessons online. After you learn them, practice making a guitar G chord because it's another one that you will use to form more advanced chords.