Open G Tuning - Major Chords

Major Guitar Chords and Triads for Open G Tuning - DGDGBD

Major Triads for Open G


Major Triad Forms
(root note in red)

Major Triads Guitar Tab

    G    A    B    C    D    E    F     G    
D|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
B|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
G|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
D|------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|

These three triad forms are moveable chords, meaning they can be used up and down the neck of the guitar by moving the root note’s position (shown in red).

The 2nd (B), 3rd (G) and 4th (D) strings are the same in open G as in standard tuning. If you're familiar with triad forms in standard tuning it will help crossover to open G tuning.

    E   F   G   A   B   C   D   
D|------------------------------|
B|--0---1---3---5---7---8---10--|
G|--1---2---4---6---8---9---11--|
D|--2---3---5---7---9---10--12--|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|

    C   D   E   F   G   A    B    
D|-------------------------------|
B|--1---3---5---6---8---10---12--|
G|--0---2---4---5---7---9----11--|
D|--2---4---6---7---9---11---13--|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|

    G   A   B   C   D   E   F    
D|------------------------------|
B|--0---2---4---5---7---9---11--|
G|--0---2---4---5---7---9---11--|
D|--0---2---4---5---7---9---11--|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|

Major Barre Chords for Open G

The root note in open G tuning is on the 5th string, playing the top string (lowest D) in these barre chords is optional. Keith Richards did this by getting rid of the low D string, playing a 5 string guitar in open G.


Major Barre Chord Form in Open G
(root note in red)

Strum all the strings open to play the G major chord. Barre all the strings down at the same fret to play major chords up and down the fretboard of the guitar.

Major Chords Guitar Tab

    G    A    B    C    D    E    F     G    
D|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
B|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
G|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
D|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
G|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|
D|--0----2----4----5----7----9----10----12--|

Major Chords for I - IV - V Chord Progression

	
    G    C    D     
D|--0----2----4----|
B|--3----1----3----|
G|--4----0----2----|
D|--0----2----0----|
G|--0----0----2----|
D|--0--------------|