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Lesson 9: Chords in the key of G (G, C, D, and Em)

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This lesson builds on the ones before it, so if you haven’t covered posture, string/finger names, and the D chord, make sure to master those lessons before this one.

Our chords for today are G, C, and Em. Along with the D chord, these chords will allow you to play a ton of songs in the key of G. There are two ways I’ll be teaching you to play each of these chords, and I’ll start with the way I prefer to play them when I play in the key of G:

The G Major Chord


For this chord, we’ll use all four fingers. I like to play my 2nd finger first, then my first finger, then my third and fourth fingers.

The C Major Chord


The easiest way to play the C chord is to keep your fingers on the G chord and just move your one and two fingers.

The Em chord


For the Em chord you can keep your 3 and 4 fingers down and just move your 1 and 2 fingers.

Alternate versions of these chords


Full-Page Chord Downloads

G Chord (version 1) C Chord (version 1) E Minor Chord (version 1)

G Chord (version 2) C Chord (version 2) Em chord (version 2)

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