Chords - key of G

by David OToole

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    Hi GMCers.

    Welcome to the 2nd in the series and today we're looking at the G group or family of chords.

    G Group

    E||--3--| --0--| --2--| --0--| --2--| --0--| --5--|
    B||--0--| --1--| --3--| --1--| --3--| --0--| --5--|
    G||--0--| --2--| --4--| --0--| --2--| --0--| --5--|
    D||--0--| --2--| --4--| --2--| --0--| --2--| --4--|
    A||--2--| --0--| --2--| --3R-| --x--| --2--| --x--|
    E||--3R-| --x--| --x--| --x--| --x--| --0R-| --x--|

    ....1G....2Am.....3Bm.....4C....5D.....6Em...7F#m7b5

    There's only one barre chord to play in this one, the B minor, so it's an easy enough one to pick up for beginners.

    Note: Most of the time you won't hear the m7b5 chord being used in songs as it's a very strong sounding chord, but useful to know and use elsewhere. It's an easy enough chord shape to learn. Actually there are only two shapes used in min7b5 chords in this series, and we've already covered the first shape in the C group.

    So you can see already how this info starts to repeat itself and that's a good plus to have when learning the instrument. We've already covered some of these chords in the C group too. Namely the G itself, Am, C, and Em.

    Beginners Tip: The best way to learn these chords, is to fret the shape and then pick each string/note one at a time (while holding the shape). This will highlight any offending notes that aren't ringing out properly. If one note is not ringing out clearly, adjust your hand position slightly until it is. This may take a few days or weeks practise until it sounds right each time, but after a while it will become second nature to you.

    If you are totally new to the guitar allow your fingertips time to toughen up. A daily practise routine on these groups will soon sort that problem out for you.

    Practise the chords DAILY for about 20 minutes at least - give it a break for a while and come back to it if you want to speed the whole learning process up. You can do this as many times a day as you like or can manage.

    Draw out the chords on a blank tab or similar to help further embed the chords to memory.

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