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Common Major Chord Variations

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 150
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Now, let's look at our G chord. For our stock open string G major chord, we can add in the D at the 3rd fret on the 2nd string. In addition, we can remove the high G at the 3rd fret on the 1st string. These chords then look as follows:
1. G major
2. G major
3. G major


Since the D that we add is a part of the G major chord (the notes G, B, and D arranged in some fashion), our variations in Chords 2 and 3 above are still considered G major chords.

Listen to these variations below. I've included a strumming pattern to show it more in context. Note how subtle the difference is from one chord to the other.
Common Major Chord Variations - Page 3