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The G Chord

The Beginner's Course

Now it's time to have a go at the big 2/3 stretch!

The G Chord can be quite a challenge for some people, but it's a very commonly-used chord, so you need to learn it. If it seems tough, just stick with it, you'll get it as your fingers limber up!

We have a finger workout coming up in a few lessons which will help if you are really struggling to reach the notes.


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Now time to have a go at the big 2/3 stretch!

G Chord can be quite a challenge because of the finger stretch involved, but all it takes is a little practice.

Guitar Chord G   G chord


I had many problems with G when I was first learning. Take your time, stretch the fingers, practise it often, and soon the stretch will feel easy. Make sure you are checking that all the notes are ringing out clearly.

There are a few alternative fingerings for this G chord; this is the one that I think is best to start with. However, if you have learnt a different one, stick with that for now. I will be going through some of the other fingerings at a later stage.

So, dig deep and get this one sounding good. I don't want to see any ‘my hands are too small' posts on the forum! Maybe some of you have old injuries, broken or bent fingers, and they may well hinder you a little, but I've seen all kinds of people with all kinds of problems and there is one cure for them all: practice and perseverance! You might have to adapt things a little if you have a serious injury, but it would have to be severe to have to change the fingering or shape.

It's tough for most folk when they start (like it was for me) but it just takes a little grit and hard work and in no time you'll be wondering how you ever had a problem with it at all!

Check it with this audio file:


Once you have this one sorted then it's time to check out another stretchy chord in BC-132 • The C Chord

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Lesson ID: BC-131