G Major Piano Chord

Root
G
3rd
B
5th
D
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G
B
D

The Notes in a G Major Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's a G Major chord, the root is G!

The 3rd

The third of a G Major chord is B. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding B from G step by step:

  • Start on: G
  • Step 1: move up to Ab
  • Step 2: move up to A
  • Step 3: move up to Bb
  • Step 4: Land on B
3rd
B
Root
G
1
2
3
  • Ab is a minor second above G.
  • A is a major 2nd above G.
  • Bb is a minor third above G.
  • B is a major third above G.

The 5th

The fifth of a G Major chord is D. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding D from G step by step:

  • Start on: G
  • Step 1: move down to F#
  • Step 2: move down to F
  • Step 3: move down to E
  • Step 4: move down to Eb
  • Step 5: Land on D
5th
D
Root
G
1
2
3
4
  • F# is a minor second below G.
  • F is a major 2nd below G.
  • E is a minor third below G.
  • Eb is a major third below G.
  • D is a fourth below G. The 5th is down a fourth? Confusing, right? The note D is down 5 half-steps from G, but up 7 half-steps from G:
5th
D
Root
G
1
2
3
4
5
6

The Inversions of G Major

Root Position

Root
G
3rd
B
5th
D
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G
B
D

1st Inversion

3rd
B
5th
D
Root
G
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
B
D
G

2nd Inversion

5th
D
Root
G
3rd
B
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D
G
B

Other Major Chords

C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#, Ab, A, A#, Bb, B

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Other G Chords