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G Guitar Chord
Okay, if you've mastered your first chord (Em in the previous lesson), the G Guitar chord and the rest of the alphabet will learn a bit quicker. Let's look at the next Chord chart. Remember, the red numbers indicate the fingers you should use to press the strings (1 for index, 2 for middle and 3 for the ring finger).
Now that you've got two basic guitar chords mastered, it's time to look at a few more useful strumming patterns on the guitar
Proceed to the lesson on Popular Strumming Patterns
A different view: This is where you will press the strings on the neck
G Guitar Chord Chart
G Guitar Chord
Follow the instructions on the G chord chart and press the 6th string on the third fret, the 5th string of the second fret and the 1st string on the third fret. This is what it should look like:
Remember to only allow your fingers to touch and press the strings you're supposed to fret. Don't touch any of the other strings. If you do they will sound muted and the chord will not resonate clearly. This is something your hand needs to learn and will take time.
Time to strum...
While pressing the G chord with your left hand, you are now going to perform the basic strumming pattern with your right hand. This is what it should look and sound like:
Okay, let's heat it up a little...
Time for your first chord combination. Let's combine Em and G and try to switch between these two chords while keeping the basic strumming pattern going. This will take some practice.
At first you might find yourself breaking the strumming pattern every time you need to switch to another chord. That's okay, practice until you are able to switch fluently between G and Em (and back) without interrupting the strumming pattern.
Start with Em and play a full bar (1&2&3&4&) and switch to G before the next 1 count. Do it slowly at first. This is what it should look and sound like:
If you feel you're up to it, try it a little bit faster, or even with the popular strumming pattern we looked at (over at the strumming lesson).
Take some time to practice G, and especially the switch between G and Em.
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