The G Chord (Guitar Lesson)


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Eve Goldberg

The G Chord

Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.

Taught by Eve Goldberg in Basic Acoustic Guitar seriesLength: 14:06Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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NamVetJoeNamVetJoe replied on January 27th, 2016

I actually find the G cord easy; my only issue at this time is changing from G to D. I keep putting my first finger on the second string instead of the 3rd string. When I change cords

irishmtlirishmtl replied on January 18th, 2016

As a 70 year old petite woman I found using the index finger on the 5th string, ring finger on the 6th string and pinky on the 1st string easier to get to and easier to move to the D chord. Will this be a problem going to other chords?

karolkakarolka replied on October 14th, 2014

Eve, changing from the G chord to the D chord and back is a little challenging. Your tip on getting the middle finger on E first was a big help in not losing the timing.

magpie04magpie04 replied on November 20th, 2013

Eve, Would it be alright to cheat a bit on the G chord by using the pinky finger on the low high e string?

magpie04magpie04 replied on November 21st, 2013

Well, guess I should have read the previous post!

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on November 7th, 2012

Hi Bilib and Zack, later in the series I introduce what I call the alternate fingering for G. I start with this way of playing G for beginners because most people find it easier, but if you prefer the other fingering, go right ahead! Zack, in the alternate fingering you use your middle finger on the 5th string, 2nd fret, your ring finger on the 6th string, 3rd fret, and your pinky on the 1st string 3rd fret.

zackyzinkzackyzink replied on May 19th, 2012

Is there any alternate fingering for the G chord? It's because my hand always gets into this really painful position - and that's the only way I can get my fingers on the strings! I tried other ways, but I always end up with a finger slipping off of a string or something...

bllibbllib replied on July 26th, 2011

Eve, please accept my apologies, I just reread my previous posting and how presumptuous. I could have asked a question instead of presenting a tirade. I'm an old grandfather who took up the guitar to try and encourage his granddaughter to stick with it. I'm hoping some day she may actually be able to play, which is probably out of my reach. I started with Jim and Steve, but they soon were asking me to do things these 77 year old hands can't. I discovered your lessons and find them much more to my taste. So you take the 123 G and I'll take the 234 G and you'll likely be in Scotland before me.

bllibbllib replied on July 25th, 2011

I don't understand why you teach that fingering for G. The alternate fingering makes it so much easier to swith to C, G7 and if you are going to progress up the neck and use barre cords you want the index finger free. I have yet to see an advantage to that fingering

hyhunghyhung replied on April 26th, 2010

What I find difficult is what chord I will change to when accompany a song; and how?

Eve.GoldbergEve.Goldberg replied on May 3rd, 2010

Hi Hyhung, you are asking a great question! But it is also a BIG question that is hard to answer quickly. When you are first starting to play guitar, I think it is better to learn a lot of songs from teachers and books, and begin to listen to the patterns in the songs. You might notice after a while you can hear something doesn't sound right when you play the wrong chord -- that's very good-- it's the first step to being able to figure out chords on your own. Later in the series I will probably add some information about how to figure out the chords on your own. I hope that's helpful!

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Introduction to the Guitar

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Length: 27:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Learning the A Chord

In this lesson, Eve Goldberg introduces the first chord in this series, the A chord. She also shows how this chord can be used to play a simple song.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

The E Chord

Eve Goldberg introduces the E chord. She explains how it is played and provides some exercises designed to improve your chord changing abilities.

Length: 21:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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Swing Low with 2 Chords

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Swing Low" and talks about playing it with two chords instead of one.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Boom-Chuck Strum

Eve talks about the boom-chuck strum pattern. This strum pattern will completely change the sound of your playing.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
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Boom-Chuck and Swing Low

Eve Goldberg teaches how the boom-chuck strum can be applied to the song "Swing Low".

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The D Chord

In this lesson, Eve introduces the D chord. You will also learn how to switch from the D chord to the A chord while applying the boom-chuck strum.

Length: 16:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Little Birdy

Eve teaches the song "Little Birdy," which is a great tune to practice changing from the D chord to the A chord with your boom-chuck strum.

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

You will learn the The Carter Family song "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" in this lesson.

Length: 32:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Songs and Capos

Eve talks about 3 chord songs and demonstrates a few as an example. She also introduces the capo.

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Capo and Keys

Eve continues her discussion on capos. She explains how to find a key by using a piano keyboard drawing.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Flatpicks

Eve introduces the flatpick. She explains the proper way to hold it and strum.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

A to D Bass Run

Eve shows you how to to compliment your boom-chuck strum by adding an A to D bass run.

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

E to A Bass Run

In this lesson, Eve furthers your knowledge of bass runs by teaching the E to A bass run.

Length: 22:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Review and Practice

Eve continues her discussion of bass runs and also covers some great practicing techniques.

Length: 22:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G Chord

Eve introduces the G chord and practices changing to and from other chords you have learned. This is important for the next song you will learn.

Length: 14:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Gold Watch and Chain

Eve teaches the song "Gold Watch and Chain" using the G chord you learned in the last lesson.

Length: 19:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Boom-Chucka Strum

Eve shows you how to add a little spice to your standard boom-chuck strum in this lesson.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Boom-a-Chucka Strum

You've learned the Boom-Chuck strum. You've learned the Boom-Chucka strum. Now you will learn the Boom-a-Chucka strum. Have fun!

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Incorporating the A to D Bass Run

Eve shows how to incorporate the A to D bass run into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 18:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

D to A Bass Run

Get ready for a new run! Eve teaches the D to A bass run in this lesson.

Length: 30:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

D to G Bass Run

Learn how to add even more flavor to "Gold Watch and Chain" by including a bass run from D to G.

Length: 20:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

G to D Bass Run

Learn the G to D bass run and incorporate it into the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 29:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

Putting It Together

Eve encourages you to take all of the tools you've learned thus far and apply them to the song "Gold Watch and Chain."

Length: 16:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 25

Hobo's Lullaby

Eve introduces a new song called "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Hobo's Lullaby Fingerpicking

Eve introduces fingerpicking in this lesson by using the song "Hobo's Lullaby" as an example.

Length: 24:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Adding Bass Runs: D to G

Eve adds a D to G bass run into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Adding Bass Runs: A to D

Eve adds the bass run from A to D into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Adding Bass Runs: G to A

Eve adds the bass run from G to A into the song "Hobo's Lullaby."

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

The D Doodad

Eve Goldberg finishes up her lessons on "Hobo's Lullaby" by adding one final technique: The D Doodad.

Length: 30:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Careless Love Introduction

Eve Goldberg continues her beginner series with another amazing song called "Careless Love."

Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion on "Careless Love" with a lesson about the pattern and chord changes of the song.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

G Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg takes a look at the G chord fingerpicking pattern for the song "Careless Love."

Length: 14:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

D Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve Goldberg continues "Careless Love" with a lesson about the fingerpicking pattern for the D chord.

Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

C Chord Fingerpicking Pattern

Eve teaches a Travis style picking pattern for the C chord. She also explains how to make the change from the C to the G pattern.

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Careless Love Wrap-Up

Eve wraps up "Careless Love" with a lesson about putting the whole song together.

Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 38

Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg reviews the chord structure for the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 39

Part 3: Hammer-on Introduction

Eve Goldberg returns to "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson all about the hammer-on.

Length: 9:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Part 4: C Chord Hammer-on

Eve Goldberg continues her discussion of the hammer-on. She explains how a hammer-on can be used within a C major chord and the importance of timing.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 41

Part 5: G Chord Hammer-on

Eve adds the G chord hammer-on to the song "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 42

Part 6: Bass Runs

Eve gives a quick review of what you have learned so far in "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she dives into some bass runs that can be added to the chord progression.

Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 43

Part 7: G to C Bass Run

Eve plays the G to C run in the song "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad." Then, she breaks it down for practice.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 44

Part 8: C to G Bass Run

Eve taught the G to C bass run in the last lesson. In this lesson, she teaches you how to go from C back to G.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Part 9: G to Em Transition

Eve Goldberg covers a transitional chord between G and Em that functions like a bass run.

Length: 16:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 46

Part 10: All Together

Eve Goldberg wraps up "Goin' Down this Road Feelin' Bad" with a lesson that combines all the techniques you have learned in the song.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 47

Stewball Introduction

Eve Goldberg introduces a new song called "Stewball" in this lesson. Get started with a little history and some basic concepts.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 48

Stewball Part 2: Chord Structure

Eve Goldberg talks about the chord structure for the song "Stewball" in this lesson.

Length: 11:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 49

Stewball Part 3: Strum Variations

Eve Goldberg wraps up the song "Stewball" with some strum pattern variations.

Length: 15:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 50

Drunken Sailor Part 1

Eve Goldberg returns to JamPlay with another exciting addition to her beginner series! Here you will take a look at "Drunken Sailor". Eve builds on this song in lessons to come.

Length: 16:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 51

Drunken Sailor Part 2

Eve Goldberg returns to the song "Drunken Sailor" with some great tips on strumming patterns and more.

Length: 21:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 52

Drunken Sailor Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "Drunken Sailor" with some new strumming exercises.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 53

Haul Away Joe Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into "Haul Away Joe," another fun sea shanty.

Length: 25:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 54

Haul Away Joe Part 2

Eve Goldberg takes another look at "Haul Away Joe" with a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 55

The John B. Sails

Eve Goldberg starts on a new folk song called "The John B. Sails". This particular song was later made famous by The Beach Boys under the title of "Sloop John B".

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 56

The John B. Sails Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues with "The John B. Sails". This time she introduces a brand new strumming pattern.

Length: 17:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 57

The John B. Sails Part 3

Eve Goldberg finishes up "The John B. Sails" lessons with a couple of brand new chords and a new strum.

Length: 24:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 58

Practical Theory Part 1

Eve Goldberg dives into some basic, practical theory to expand your knowledge of the guitar. In this lesson, she talks about the I-IV-V progression and explains the circle of fifths.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 59

Practical Theory Part 2

Eve Goldberg continues her practical theory discussion, this time with an emphasis on minor chords and how they fit in.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 60

Frankie and Johnny Part 1

In lesson 60 of her basic guitar series, Eve Goldberg offers up another traditional song to add to your repertoire. In part one, you'll learn the basic patterns for Frankie and Johnny. You'll also be introduced...

Length: 24:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 61

Frankie and Johnny Part 2: Adding Bass Runs

Now that you've learned the basic chords and structure of the song Frankie and Johnny, it's time to start adding some extra bits. In lesson 61 Eve will walk you through adding bass runs between chord...

Length: 29:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 62

Frankie and Johnny Part 3: Finger Style

As we are adding more complexity to this tune, it's a good time to look at how it's played using the fingerstyle technique. As with the other lessons on this song, Eve will start you off with a basic...

Length: 18:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 63

Frankie and Johnny Part 4: Variations

You've learned all of "Frankie and Johnny" at this point. Now it's time to put all of the techniques together and create a varied and flowing arrangement.

Length: 24:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 64

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

In lesson 64 of her basic guitar series, Eve provides a look at another traditional tune. You'll start off with the basic song, and then progress by adding additional skills and challenges.

Length: 18:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 65

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Advanced Strumming

It's time to take a closer look at spicing up the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." In this lesson, Eve introduces more strumming options, including several that haven't been discussed previously.

Length: 15:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 66

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: Bass Runs

In lesson 66 of her basic guitar series, Eve demonstrates the bass runs that will work over the song "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down".

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 67

The Water is Wide

To finalize her beginner series, Eve offers up the song "The Water is Wide." This will be a good start on the song that you can use to transition to her fingerstyle series.

Length: 30:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Eve Goldberg View Full Biography Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.

Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.

Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."

Her latest album "A Kinder Season" was released in September 2007 on Borealis Records (US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."

In January 2008, Eve released "The Streets of Burma," a song inspired by the peaceful demonstrations of monks and nuns in Burma in September 2007. Since then, Amnesty International Canada has used the song as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested following his participation in the protests. Visitors to www.amnesty.ca/streetsofburma/ can listen to a preview of the song, find out more about the situation in Burma, sign an e-postcard to help free U Gambira, and if they want, download the song in exchange for a donation to Amnesty International Canada.

"A pure and pleasing voice and a performance style that know no bounds."
  - Greg Quill, Toronto Star

"...one of the most promising young singers in the Canadian folk scene"
  -  Alistair Brown, Greenman Review

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