Does anybody have tips on how to play a G-chord on the guitar? My band director taught us, but for some reason I just find it very difficult. Help!
There are a number of ways to play a G chord in what I call first position (using some open strings).
The easiest possible way to play it is to fret the high e (first) string on the third fret with a finger of your choice and play the four strings closest to the floor (the four skinniest strings 1-4).
Here are the charts for 5 ways to play a G chord in open position.
I personally like the formation where your second finger is on 2nd fret of A string and your third (ring) finger is on the 3rd fret of the low E string and your fourth finger (pinkie) is on the 3rd fret of the high e string. From this position it is easy to transition to either a C or G7 chord without having to flop your hand in the total opposite direction.
Start with what is easiest for you to play. As you progress in your skills, learn other ways to play the G chord because there will be cases when one form complements the melody better than the others or situations where the next chord in the progression is easier to transition to from one form of G than another fingering of G.
It sounds like you are new to guitar chords. Just practice, practice, and practice. Work on it every day (maybe for about 20 minutes at a time). Chords are not easy for beginners. I personally had a difficult time at first, and would struggle to prevent some of the strings from being muted, to be able to hold down all the necessary strings to their frets, etc.
Just stick with it. It will come with time. This is how it went at first for every good guitarist out there.
It depends on how you're going about it but the traditional way, if not playing a barre chord, is 2nd finger on low E3, 1st finger on A2, and little finger on B3 and E3.
I used to find that a handful so I cheated, and it's stuck with me for 25 years. I use my thumb over the top of the fretboard to play low E3, mute the A string with end of my thumb, and 2nd finger over higher B3 and E3 (or just higher E3 if a major chord is required)
- Doddle to play (for me at least)
- 5 out of 6 strings are played. The A string being muted is a bonus because I generally play an electric guitar, and to have a major 3rd played that low makes the sound quite cludgy and indistinct if there's a little distortion too.
- It leaves a couple of other fingers to twiddle other stuff on the D and G strings if you like.
- Purists will tell you this is wrong. I think they are wrong!
- Looks a bit funny
- A-string is muted - not helpful if that low 3rd note was an important part of the chord.
Nowadays I can play a G the traditional way, but I never do.