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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor
Joined: 08/09/05
Posts: 8,406
08/30/2016 2:52 pm

Any place on any musical instrument you can find to play the notes G, B & D together you are playing a G major chord. With that in mind, this voicing is a G chord.

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|---3----------------------------------------|

Because you are playing those 3 notes.

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D ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|-B-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|

And if you add the other, higher pitched notes you are simply doubling some of those notes in a higher register.

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|---0----------------------------------------|
|---2----------------------------------------|
|---3----------------------------------------|

Just more of the same musical letters, but up an octave or 2!

||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
B ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|-B-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|

And if you play the D on the B string, it's still a G major chord, because of that low B on the A string.

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|---3----------------------------------------|
|---0----------------------------------------|
|---0----------------------------------------|
|---2----------------------------------------|
|---3----------------------------------------|

Just more of the same musical letters, but up an octave or 2!

||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-D-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|-B-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Some rock players leave that low B out intentionally because once you start adding some gain & a lot of volume it gets really muddy. So they just mute the A string. And the result is a G5 chord, because there's no major 3rd, the note B.

|---3----------------------------------------|
|---3----------------------------------------|
|---0----------------------------------------|
|---0----------------------------------------|
|---X----------------------------------------|
|---3----------------------------------------|

Mute the A string with the pad of your middle finger as it leans over to grab the low G!

||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-D-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
G ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
D ||---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|-X-|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|

To get even more interesting, if you play a barre chord G major you use some of the same notes, but you play them in different places on the fretboard & get a somewhat different voicing.

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|---4----------------------------------------|
|---5----------------------------------------|
|---5----------------------------------------|
|---3----------------------------------------|

Just more of the same musical letters, but up an octave or 2!

||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-D-|---|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|---|-B-|---|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|---|---|-D-|---|---|---|---|
||---|---|-G-|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Hope this helps!
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

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