It is advantageous to learn how to play the G chord in the first position using your middle, ring and pinky fingers so that you can keep your index finger free to play other notes. Also, it helps to keep you ready to quickly switch to another open position chord. All of this can allow for some interesting alternative ideas once you get the hang of playing them.
It is very common for people to first start-off by beginning to learn how to play acoustic guitar. This occurs for reasons such as simplicity since the acoustic does not require an amplifier the way that an electric guitar does. Also, whenever (or practically wherever) you want to play it, you can simply pick it up and start strumming chords on it.
This guitar lesson explains in the video exactly how to play a G Major chord in the open position. While this is taught on an acoustic here, it is played the exact same on an electric guitar. There are only three individual notes in the chord and they are: G, B and D no matter whether you choose to play the chord with your pinky on the first string or the second string as shown in the video. You can also get an even fuller sound by using your pinky finger to play BOTH the first and second strings at the same time! The slight variation will change the sound a bit and can be useful to add variations to your playing.
The way to play the open G chord is to use your third finger on the third fret of the sixth string. Use your second finger on the second fret of the fifth string.
And finally use your pinky finger on the third fret of the first string. All of the other strings will be “open” meaning they are not fretted at all.
There are plenty of very useful primary and beginner guitar chords which are important for anyone just starting out to learn. You have to know them in order to play songs!
The G chord taught here is one such chord, and like the others it can be played in various positions. This is also the first chord used in the key of G (the root) and since there are lots of songs written in this key it is a logical place to start. The next chords in this key which we will teach in the next guitar lessons are the C Major which is the fourth chord in this key, and then D Major which is the fifth in the key of G Major. Once you learn these you will know the 1-4-5 chord progression which is used heavily in all styles of music and this can boost your ability to play a variety of songs in any genre of music.