Guitar Lessons Outline



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Chord Families

Let’s move to another easy key to play: G-Major




Root




2




3

4




5




6




7

Octave

Root




W




W

H




W




W




W

H

G

G#/Ab

A

A#/Bb

B

C

C#/Db

D

D#/Eb

E

F

F#/Gb

G

Using the root (G), the 3rd note (B) and the 5th note (D), you will make the G-major chord this way:



This chord may also be played with your 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers, but learning to play the G-major chord with the above fingering will help you move from the G chord to the C chord more easily.
Chord families are chords made from the major scale. Most rock and folk tunes are based on chords formed from the root note, the 4th note and the 5th note. In the key of G major these chords would be: G major, C major and D major

Practice playing these chords by picking each of the strings without an X listed above them. Below are examples of a couple of songs you can play with just these three chords:


Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
D C G (repeat)
D C G D C G

Big wheels keep on turning; carry me home to see my kin.

D C G

Singing songs about the Southland,

D C G

I miss old ‘Bamy once again and I think it’s a sin

D C G D C G

Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her, I heard ole Neil put her down

D C G

I hope Neil Young will remember

D C G

A southern man don’t need him around anyhow
D C G D C G

Sweet home Alabama, where skies are so blue

D C G D C G

Sweet home Alabama, Lord I’m coming home to you
In Birmingham they love the governor

Now we all did what we could do

Now Watergate does not bother me

Does your conscience bother you?

Tell the truth
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers

And they've been known to pick a song or two

Lord they get me off so much

They pick me up when I'm feeling blue

Now how about you

There is one point in this song where an F major chord is used, but you can always learn that later! For the most part Sweet Home Alabama is just D major, C major, G major played over and over again. On the next page you’ll find the words and chords to The Joker by Steve Miller, another three chord song.



The Joker (Steve Miller)

Intro: G C D C (2X)
G C D C

Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah

G C D C

Some call me the gangster of love

G C D C

Some people call me Maurice

G C D C G

Cause I speak of the pompitous of love
C D C G

People talk about me, baby

C D C G

Say I'm doin' you wrong, doin' you wrong

C D C

Well, don't you worry baby, don't worry

G C D C

Cause I'm right here, right here, right here, right here at home



G C G C

Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, I'm a lover and I'm a sinner



G C D C

I play my music in the sun

G C G C

I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I’m a midnight toker

G C D C

I sure don't want to hurt no one

(Repeat)(2X) – (I get my lovin' on the run)
You're the cutest thing that I ever did see

I really love your peaches

Want to shake your tree

Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time

Ooo-eee baby, I'll sure show you a good time (chorus)
People keep talking about me baby

They say I'm doin' you wrong

Well don't you worry, don't worry, no don't worry mama

Cause I'm right here at home


You're the cutest thing I ever did see

Really love your peaches want to shake your tree

Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time

Come on baby and I'll show you a good time



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