G Major Chord Chart – The Most Common Chord

The G Major Chord is one of the most common basic chords around. It is a very happy, up-beat and warm sounding chord that is a good chord to write a song around. Let’s take a look at what the G Major Chord looks like in both tablature and a chord chart.

G Major Chord Chart Guitar LessonThe G Major chord is created from the 1-3-5 arpeggio in the G Major scale which is (G,A,B,C,D,E,F#,G). The 1st note in the G Major scale is G, the 3rd note is B, and the 5th note is D. This gives us an arpeggio of G,B,D. Let’s look at how the chord looks on guitar tab.

E|–3–
B|–3–
G|–0–
D|–0–
A|–2–
E|–3–

G Major Basic Chord Progressions

Here are some popular basic G Major chord progressions that every beginner should learn how to play:

1) Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf:

The main verse of Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf uses the G Major barre chord.  Here’s how you play the song:

E|-------------3-x-x-3------------------x-x-3-3---------|
B|-7-7---5-5---3-x-x-3------7-7---5-5---x-x-3-3---------|
G|-7-7---5-5---4-x-x-4------7-7---5-5---x-x-4-4---------|
D|-7-7---5-5---5-x-x-5------7-7---5-5---x-x-5-5---------|
A|-5-5---3-3---5-x-x-5------5-5---3-3---x-x-5-5---------|
E|-------------3-x-x-3------------------x-x-3-3---------|

D D     C  C    G          G             D D    C  C             G  G