Perhaps a beginner question, but I couldn't manage to find the answer online. In the following informal instructions on playing the chords to a guitar song, the author mentions "trad. G":

Chords Used: Dmaj7, Bm7, Asus6, D/F#, trad. G, F#m7

Finger Pick bass note and B string/ G string

(for the Asus6, play the same notes on the G/B string as Dmaj7)

Chords Played on the A string: Dmaj7, Bm7, F#m7

Chords Played on the E string: G, D/F#, Asus 6

What does he mean by this?

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There are several common fingerings of the G chord:

The author is likely referring to the fingering he considers “traditional” (trad.), but without context it’s unclear which specific fingering that means. I suspect it refers to what Justin Guitar calls “Big G” (all strings fretted) although it might refer to “Folk G” instead (A string muted and B string open).

  • Cool, happy to help. Out of curiosity, is there something in your source that indicates which specific fingering is correct? Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 3:40
  • Not that I can quite tell; it comes from this song, and the playing instructions linked in the description is little more than what I already copied and pasted: youtube.com/watch?v=JMQdkL-cfGM
    – Feryll
    Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 4:09
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    @Feryll I agree with Bradd and there are several common ways to play a G chord in first or open position (using some open strings). Click the link below for a chart showing 5 options in first position. Try them all and see which one works best for the song you want to play. (music.stackexchange.com/a/31061/16897) Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 19:06

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