The G Major Guitar Chord is found by locating the 1, 3 and 5 positions (G, B and D) of the G Major Scale: G A B C D E F# G.
Notes of the GMaj9 Guitar Chord: G, B and D
Below are three different versions of this chord. All three of these versions of G Major are challenging as they all require that you barre all or some of the strings. Follow this link for a lesson on how to play the basic open G Major Guitar Chord.
Here is a key that will help you read the chart:
Everything on the above chart should be self explanatory, except for the last three in the third column. They may need a bit of explaining. The O, or open symbol, simply means that you do not press down on any notes on that string. The X means you do not strum that particular string. The Barre symbol means you need to barre that particular fret. When you barre a fret you are pressing down on multiple strings at the same time with one finger.
Chord Playing Tips: Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough. You should play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.