G Chord Piano Explained

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Looking At G Chord Piano

Alongside C Chord, the G Chord is among the first chords that you will learn while undertaking keyboard or piano lessons. In some materials you may find it referred to as the G Major triad, G Maj or the G Major.

A chord involves playing three or more notes simultaneously to produce a harmonious sound. You can therefore play a G Chord on pianos and other instruments that allow you to play more than one note at once.

To get the G chord on piano, you combine three notes: G, B, and D. It is an easy combination that you can play with either your right or left hand.

Locating the Keys

The G, B, and D notes on piano are all on white keys whose position you can identify using the black keys. The black keys on the piano keyboard are arranged in alternating batches of three and two.

The G key is found between the first and second black keys that are in a trio (see image). B is found to the right of the last (third) black key in the trio. D, on the other hand, is between the two black keys that are in a batch of two. There is also the batch of two black keys and D is located between them.

If you consider only the white keys, you will notice that G, B, and D are also in an alternating pattern.

 

Inversions of the G Chord

G is the root of the G chord, hence the name. When the chord is played with G as the base/bottom note as illustrated above, the chord is said to be in root position i.e. G-B-D.

The G chord can, however, be played in varying positions on the piano. These positions are known as inversions.

  • 1st Inversion

In this variation of the G chord, B is the bottom/base note as illustrated below. The first inversion is therefore in the order B-D-G.

 

  • 2nd Inversion

In this inversion the notes are in the D-B-G position with D acting as the bass note.

Fingering for the G Chord

Knowing how to place your fingers when playing the G chord on a piano can make your lesson and practice much easier.

  • Right hand

When playing the G chord using the right hand, position your thumb on the G key. Stretch the fingers such that the pinky finger lies on the D key and the middle finger on B. The pointing finger and ring fingers will automatically be above the intermediate keys A and C respectively.

In first inversion, the thumb plays B, the pointing finger plays D and pinky finger G.

In 2nd Inversion, the thumb is on D, middle finger is on G and pinky plays B.

  • Left hand

On the left hand, the fingers’ positioning will appear to be in reverse compared to the right hand positioning. Therefore, the pinky will be on G, the middle finger will still be on B and the thumb on D. This is for the root position.

In first inversion, pinky plays B, middle finger D and thumb the G note.

In 2nd inversion the pinky is on D, pointing finger on B while the thumb pays G.

G Chord Piano Summary

Hopefully you’ve learned about the g on the piano and will go ahead and practice.

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