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.
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.