Feb 25, 2009

Lesson 4 - Basic Chords - Pt. 4

Let's cover another basic chord concept.  The same chord can be played in different ways or with different fingering.  To illustrate this concept, we will be playing G Major.

Here is the tab for G Major:
  1. |--2-- E <-- 3rd Finger (Ring)
  2. |--0-- B 
  3. |--0-- G 
  4. |--0-- D
  5. |--2-- A <-- 1st Finger (Index)
  6. |--3-- E <-- 2nd Finger (Middle)

Here is the freboard diagram:


And here is the actual fingering:

The G Major Video:



Ok, now G Major can be with different fingering and sound identical.  I prefer to play like this because I can switch faster from this position to a C or F Major Bar Chord (explained in the next post).  Here is the tab for this example:
  1. |--2-- E <-- 1st Finger (Index)
  2. |--0-- B 
  3. |--0-- G 
  4. |--0-- D
  5. |--2-- A <-- 2nd Finger (Middle)
  6. |--3-- E <-- 3rd Finger (Ring)
And here's what the fingering looks like:


The chord sounds exactly the same, so there's no need for another video.  Make sure you practice both of these fingerings, you may end up preferring one method over another in different songs.

G Major can be played another way in first position.  This time we add another G to the chord to create a "fuller" G sound.  Here's the tab:

  1. |--2-- E <--  4th Finger (Pinky)
  2. |--2-- B <--  3rd Finger (Ring)
  3. |--0-- G 
  4. |--0-- D
  5. |--2-- A <-- 1st Finger (Index)
  6. |--3-- E <-- 2nd Finger (Middle)
The freboard diagram:

The actual fingering:
And here's a video:



Notice a difference?  Perhaps you will when you hear them played in this next video.  Here I am alternating between the two:



Sick of G Major?  Next lesson we will be learning bar chords and power chords.

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