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mojowkng9

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I have a problem trying to play the G chord..I'm wondering if it's ok to cheat and play the G6 chord till I get to play the G chord..I keep muting the a string when I play the G chord...any help will be appreciated..thx

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I have a problem trying to play the G chord..I'm wondering if it's ok to cheat and play the G6 chord till I get to play the G chord..I keep muting the a string when I play the G chord...any help will be appreciated..thx

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: mojowkng9

I have a problem trying to play the G chord..I'm wondering if it's ok to cheat and play the G6 chord till I get to play the G chord..I keep muting the a string when I play the G chord...any help will be appreciated..thx

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a G6. Maybe leaving the high E string open?

|--0-(e)-(6)---------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|--2-(b)-(3)---------|

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

If that's what you mean, then yes! You should definitely make time to keep working on the standard open G chords, but any substitution like that is fine while you are building your skills. If it helps you get going & build some strumming skills for rhythm & play some basic songs, then do whatever it takes.

In fact there are quite a few workarounds to the G chord, or any chord, because there are many ways to play any given chord. Every major or minor chord only requires the 1st, 3rd & 5th from it's parent scale.

For example all of these are options for voicing the G major chord.

This one has all the notes you need, but has a low bass sound because you are only using the low strings.

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|--2-(b)-(3)---------|

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

This one doesn't require any fretting! But you have to avoid strings above & below.

|----------------------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

This is a fun beginner one, because it has all the notes you need & is pretty easy to strum.

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

Use the simplest one possible to get going. Play music with it. Make time to keep learning the other voicings.

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#2

Originally Posted by: mojowkng9

I have a problem trying to play the G chord..I'm wondering if it's ok to cheat and play the G6 chord till I get to play the G chord..I keep muting the a string when I play the G chord...any help will be appreciated..thx

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a G6. Maybe leaving the high E string open?

|--0-(e)-(6)---------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|--2-(b)-(3)---------|

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

If that's what you mean, then yes! You should definitely make time to keep working on the standard open G chords, but any substitution like that is fine while you are building your skills. If it helps you get going & build some strumming skills for rhythm & play some basic songs, then do whatever it takes.

In fact there are quite a few workarounds to the G chord, or any chord, because there are many ways to play any given chord. Every major or minor chord only requires the 1st, 3rd & 5th from it's parent scale.

For example all of these are options for voicing the G major chord.

This one has all the notes you need, but has a low bass sound because you are only using the low strings.

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|--2-(b)-(3)---------|

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

This one doesn't require any fretting! But you have to avoid strings above & below.

|----------------------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

This is a fun beginner one, because it has all the notes you need & is pretty easy to strum.

|--3-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(b)-(3)---------|

|--0-(g)-(1)---------|

|--0-(d)-(5)---------|

|----------------------|

|----------------------|

Use the simplest one possible to get going. Play music with it. Make time to keep learning the other voicings.

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

mojowkng9

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Thx for the advice I like playing the low E string and A string..it sounds close to the full G chord

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Thx for the advice I like playing the low E string and A string..it sounds close to the full G chord

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7693

Originally Posted by: mojowkng9

Thx for the advice I like playing the low E string and A string..it sounds close to the full G chord

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#4

Originally Posted by: mojowkng9

Thx for the advice I like playing the low E string and A string..it sounds close to the full G chord

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory