♦ Review G major chord in the open position
♦ Learn G chord "variation"
♦ Play G chord finger style progression
Here is an easy finger picking riff based on the G major chord in the open position. This riff can be played with only the thumb and the 1st finger. (see "Fret & Finger Numbering")
Take a look at the TAB below. If you are unfamiliar with reading a TAB chart please see "How to Read TAB".
The first measure is based on the G chord in the open position. The easiest way to play this is to form a G chord by placing the 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string, the 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string, and the 4th finger on the 3rd fret of the 1st string.
Forming the complete chord will make the transition to the G chord "variation" much smoother, even though you will only be using one note (the "root") of the G chord.
In the G chord "variation" you will keep the 3rd finger in place, and then place the 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, and the 1st finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd string.
If you are unsure of the string numbers please see "Naming the Open Strings".
In this progression you will pick the root notes on the 3rd fret of the 6th string with your thumb. All other notes will be picked with the first finger of the picking hand.
Try this very slowly to begin with and get used to the picking pattern before working on speed.