The G chord on piano is made up of three notes: G B D. This is a major chord - G major chord.
Here you'll find a G chord diagram, learn the fingering, notes, inversions and some basic theory for the G major chord. You can also find out what G/B and G/D means.
The G major chord has the notes G, B and D.
These notes can be played in any order but it's a good idea to keep G as the very lowest note - for example, in your left hand.
I generally play the chord in my right hand and a G as a bass note in my left hand.
When you're just beginning, you play this chord generally in root position, as written in the picture above.
This video will show you how to play the G chord and what it should sound like.
The best fingers to use in root position - G B and D in that order - is your thumb, middle finger and pinkie. In your right hand, the finger numbers are 1 3 5.
In your left hand the finger numbers are 5 3 1 but that is still your pinkie, middle finger and thumb.
Later on, you don't need to strictly adhere to this fingering but in the beginning, it is good to learn to play chords in root position with these fingers. It builds muscle memory that will help down the line.
You can play the G chord in different positions - called inversions. This is the next step after you're comfortable with root position.
Below are the different positions or inversions for the G chord on piano.
Root position: G B D
First inversion: B D G (fingers 1 2 5 - RH)
Second inversion: D G B
If you see the chord G/B, this means to play the G chord with B as it's lowest note.
So on the piano, you'll play the G chord in the right hand and B as the left hand note.
Or if you're playing the chord in your left hand, play the first inversion of the chord so that B is at the bottom. The key is that B needs to be the lowest note you play in the left hand.
If you need to play G/D, this means to play the G chord with D as the lowest note.
To play this, you can play the G chord in your right hand and a D as the left hand note.
If you want to play the chord in your left hand, play the second inversion of the chord. The most important thing to do here is to have D as your lowest note or your bass note.
The G major chord is based off of the G major scale.
A major chord has the formula of 1 3 5 - meaning you play the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale, in this case, the G major scale.
So for the G major chord, you play the first note of the scale - G. Then the third note of the scale - B and then fifth note - D.
That is how the G chord is made and the G scale is it's foundation.
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