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Chords of G Major (Guitar Lesson)


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Mark Brennan

Chords of G Major

Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted with this key.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 34:28Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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PacosteinPacostein replied on January 11th, 2016

Most if not all of this series supplemental pdf cannot be chosen to print, can that please be adjusted :D.

alex0403alex0403 replied on January 9th, 2016

Hey! Is it necessary to do the ghost strum? Instead of just lifting the pick up?

RomaroRomaro replied on August 22nd, 2013

Hi Mark, I am enjoying the course after taking up electric guitar at 62. Do you know where I can buy a magic pick like yours that always hits the right notes?

phil77kb1phil77kb1 replied on June 5th, 2012

hi mark would it be possible to email me the tablature for the intro song you play on lesson 16 chords of g major. [email protected] thanks mark

laurolmlaurolm replied on January 23rd, 2010

Hi Mar!, one question, Is there a method to know what are the chords in any key??, For example, how do you know that these are the chords of G Major???, consequently I imagine that songs are constructed just with chords in one key in order to soung good right???, please let me know, thanks! Lauro.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on January 23rd, 2010

Hi Lauro! As you explore music theory, and learn chords and songs, you learn that chords in a particular key are built off a the scale of the key. So, the chords in G major are built off of the G Major scale (Lesson 15). Each scale tone becomes a root for a chord. the first note G yeilds the G Major chord, the A gives you the A minor, the B gives you B Minor, etc. These scale tones, as roots of chords become chord functions designated by roman numerals. In G Major, G is the I chord, Amin is the ii chord (lower case numeral designating a minor chord), Bmin is the iii chord, C is the IV chord, D is the V chord, Emin is the vi chord, and F#dim is the vii diminished chord (which is substitute with the D7, or the V7 chord). Study the scales and chords in this series and it should start to make sense. I just filmed D Major chords today.....hope this makes sense...Mark B.

custom08custom08 replied on November 1st, 2013

Thank you for the great lessons. I have a similar question. I understand where the chords come from in terms of the scale but don't quite get why they become minor vs major chords. Thank you Tom

laurolmlaurolm replied on January 31st, 2010

Thank you so much Mark!!!....got it!!!..... Lauro.

skylionskylion replied on January 17th, 2010

Hi Mark, Thanks for the great course. Will there be more lessons? I also asked a question about Landslide. Can you answer that for me? Thanks

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on January 19th, 2010

Hey Tom....more lessons will be filmed in the near future. Check out the Landslide lesson....Mark B.

Potter505Potter505 replied on November 19th, 2009

On the G, Bm, C, D7 strumming pattern, the electronic notation for the G chord in the video shows a Gm chord instead of the G. Looks like you're strumming a G and the music sheet shows a G. Thanks for the great lessons - I signed up for a year - this is a great way to learn to play.

jpetergjpeterg replied on November 4th, 2009

Hey Mark, one question. Could you explain a little better why you picked the D7 as seventh chord instead of f#dim? Thanks, Peter.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on November 4th, 2009

Good question Peter. I haven't dicussed the vii (diminished) because I consider the vii chord to be a substitute for the V7 (dominant 7th) chord. The three notes of the vii chord are actually the top three notes of the V7 chord. So in the key of G, the vii chord is F#A C. The notes of the V7 chord are D F# A C. In this discussion of the chords in a key, the V7 is a more commonly used chord, and the vii chord is less relevant, merely a substitute for the V7.....hope that makes sense. Mark B.

18imca18imca replied on November 2nd, 2009

sweet intro

paceincpaceinc replied on November 1st, 2009

Mark Your lessons are all great, I like your diversity. I am fairly new started in May but am coming along nicely I think. Should I use the bar chord instead of open bm ? I can do both but niether real fast yet. Also could you mayb do a lesson on finger dexterity ? I work on this a lot and find it helpful for the fingersytle. I use the classical format you speak of. Thanks again Michael

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on November 1st, 2009

Hey Michael....if you're able to grip the full Bm barre form, go for it. It's such a great sounding chord with the root in the bottom. The finger dexterity lesson is a good one. Maybe I'll add that to the lesson series...thanks. Mark B.

rarsenrarsen replied on October 31st, 2009

Hi Mark, Great basic lesson on strumming patterns. Your hint on not to pause between chords, just strum thru them at a slower tempo until my left chord hand gets it right is very helpful, espicially helps me with bar transitions. Thanks, rON

Basic Electric Guitar

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Series Intro - Guitar Parts and Tuning

Mark introduces his Phase 1 series and covers some fundamental electric guitar basics.

Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Amplification

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Length: 33:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Using Tablature and Learning the Fretboard

Before we start rocking, Mark goes over some tools and training necessary to every beginning guitarist.

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Length: 31:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Left Hand Technique

Mark explains proper left hand technique from the ground up.

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Natural Notes in the 1st Position

Mark teaches you all of the natural notes played in first position. He uses two classic melodies to supplement this information.

Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

The C Major Scale - 1st Position

It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains how the major scale is constructed.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Chords in C major - Part 1

Mark covers 7 basic chords in the key of C major.

Length: 35:14 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Chords in C major - Part 2

Mark expands on chords in C major by showing full forms of the chords you learned in Part 1. He also teaches you the chord progression to a familiar tune.

Length: 25:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Power Chord Primer

It's time to start making some noise by using power chords and palm muting. Mark gives you the framework to start rocking with the 12 bar blues progression.

Length: 36:43 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Open Position Minor Pentatonic

Take your knowledge of the notes in the first position and start jamming on a simple pentatonic riff.

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 12

Blues Scale Basics with Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Vibrato

Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson 12, we'll simply add one note to the minor pentatonic scale to give us the famous minor blues scale. We'll also...

Length: 36:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Movable Power Chords

Mark explains how to finger power chords and how they can be moved anywhere on the fretboard. He also shows an exercise that will help you remember the name of each power chord.

Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Rhythmic Notation Part 1

Mark Brennan explains rhythmic notation, tempos, time signatures, note values, and more in this lesson.

Length: 32:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

The Key of G Major

Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern of the scale and explains how it can be harmonized in thirds.

Length: 33:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Chords of G Major

Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted with this key.

Length: 34:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The Key of D Major

Mark explains the basics of D major.

Length: 25:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Chords in D Major

Mark takes you through the chords of D major and explains some new ones that you haven't encountered yet.

Length: 35:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

More Movable Power Chords & the Circle of Fifths

Mark continues his discussion of power chords. This time around, he explains the circle of 5ths and demonstrates some power chord progressions that illustrate this concept.

Length: 33:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

The Movable Minor Pentatonic Scale

Mark teaches the 1st box of the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 32:31 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Minor Blues Scale Transposed to A

Mark explains how you can transpose the pentatonic pattern covered in lesson 20 to the key of A minor. He also shows the "lower extension box" and "home plate box."

Length: 26:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Blues Boogie Shuffle

Mark teaches the difference between straight eighth notes and the shuffle feel.

Length: 42:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Amplification Part Two

In response to member requests, Mark added another amplification lesson to his growing phase 1 series. In this lesson, he compares 3 classes of amps from entry level models all the way to a Mesa Mark V.

Length: 40:45 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Introduction To Improvisation

In this lesson, Mark teaches some blues licks that can be used when improvising over a 12 bar blues progression.

Length: 24:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Key of A Minor

Mark covers the key of A minor.

Length: 29:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Two Movable Major Chord Forms

Mark teaches two movable major chord forms and gives many examples of how to practice playing them.

Length: 26:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

I-IV-V Progression Revisited

Mark Brennan shows you how to apply the chord forms learned in lesson 26 to a I-IV-V progression.

Length: 21:52 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Movable Dominant 7th Chord Forms

Mark Brennan continues his teachings on movable chord forms. In this lesson he shows the dominant 7th chords and how to use them in a 12 bar blues progression.

Length: 19:49 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Movable Minor and Minor 7th Chord Forms

Mark Brennan teaches these minor chord forms and how they are movable up and down the fretboard. He also shows how to use these chords in common progressions.

Length: 21:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only

About Mark Brennan View Full Biography Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion.

In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.

Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.

In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.

Currently, Mark is in the regionally successful Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here. The band performs faithful renderings of the Floyd classics spanning their entire catalog, along with a strong visual stage show. Here, Mark displays his command of the David Gilmour style.

Mark is excited to be part of JamPlay.com's fine roster of teachers. He's looking forward to extending his 35 years of performing and teaching experience to the JamPlay members. His philosophy is about developing a passion for guitar and being the best musician you can be; being true to yourself and developing a personal style, and truly expressing your heart through your music.

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