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G Chord Piano

The G chord is made up of three different notes – G, B and D.

You can actually play a G chord on piano in three different ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the G note is lowest
  • First Inversion – G note is highest
  • Second Inversion – G note is in the middle

Read on below to learn more.

And then we’ll take a look at some famous songs which use the G chord. These are fun to play on piano. And will get your G chords sounding great too!

G Chord Piano – Root Position

Whenever you play a G chord on piano, and G is the lowest note, that’s known as root position.

Piano keyboard with a G chord highlighted in root position
G Chord Piano – Root Position

There are six places on a standard piano where you can play a G chord in root position. Can you find them all?

Below is what they like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.

Sheet music showing all six A Minor chords in root position from low to high

It’s probably not the best sounding chord progression you’ve ever heard…

But keep reading, the good stuff is just a little further below. Straight after we get through the basics.

G Chord Piano – First Inversion

Whenever you play a G chord on piano, and G is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion.

Piano keyboard with a G chord highlighted in first inversion
G Chord Piano – First Inversion

Here is the G chord first inversion played in all positions up the piano.

Sheet music showing all seven G chords in first inversion from low to high

G Chord Piano – Second Inversion

Whenever you play a G chord on piano, and G is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion.

Piano keyboard with a G chord highlighted in second inversion
G Chord Piano – Second Inversion

Here is the G chord second inversion played in all positions up the piano.

Sheet music showing all seven G chords in second inversion from low to high

Famous “G Chord” Songs

Okay, now let’s have some fun. Below you’ll find some popular songs which use G chords in their chord progressions.

The first song we’ll take a look at is Shallow (from the film A Star Is Born). It’s a great song for practising G chords on piano. And there’s only four chords you need to know to play the section below!

Shallow – Piano Chord Progression

A snippet of sheet music from the song Shallow (from the film A Star Is Born)

The next song we’ll take a look at is Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper. This song uses the G chord first inversion.

Once you get familiar playing it as written, try the G chord in different inversions or different positions on the piano.

Once you really get the hang of it, try playing the melody with your left hand and the chords with your right hand. That’s sure to get the brain thinking. Which will work wonders in the long term.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Piano Chord Progression

A snippet of sheet music from the song Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

The last song we’ll cover here is Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison. It uses G chords in the second inversion.

Only The Lonely – Piano Chord Progression

A snippet of sheet music from the song Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison

That’s about it for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about G chords.

If you have a spare minute, I’d love to hear from you. Just head on over to the contact page and send me a message…

If you tell me which songs you’re learning or want to learn, I’ll try to cover them in future posts or updates to this one.