8 Chord Progressions in G Major

Hello ladies and gents,

Today we will look at the all familiar key of G Major. Countless hit songs have been recorded in the key of G Major and is one of the keys a beginner guitar student learns first. Its usually the key of C, the key of G or maybe the key of E Minor (which is also the same as the key of G Major.)

First of all, let me say this. I could name you a bunch of major scale melodies and they’d be in different keys. All those melodies can be played in ANY of the 12 Major keys. For example a melody or tune in the key of F# Major can be transposed up a half step to be played in the key of G Major.

F# is a half step below G. But you could take a melody in B Major which is 4 half steps (or 2 whole steps) above G and play the melody in G Major. The same goes for the chords. The chords of any song can be moved up or down to fit the key you want to play in. Pretty cool if you ask me!

I just wanted to mention that because sometimes on the (inter webs ūüėČ ) the chords for a song are given in a certain key. So If I mention a song and I tell you its in G Major it probably is in G Major although you may see it on the internet in a different key. Why is this so? Pure laziness for one, on the part of the guitar player, and number 2 – maybe it was moved up or down a key to accommodate a singers voice.

Here are some songs in the key of G Major.

Pink Floyd ¬†– Wish you were here. John Mayer – Gravity. Radiohead – Creep. Green Day – Good Riddance. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses and Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.

Keep in mind that you can also have a song in E Minor which is the relative key of G Major. Its the same chords only they sound dark because the minor chords are emphasized, while G Major sounds bright.  Check out more songs here.

Classical¬†Music¬†Listening examples…

Domenico Scarlatti has 555 keyboard sonatas, G major is the home key for 69 of them. The¬†Goldberg Variations are 80 minutes in G major.¬†G major is the home key of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

A very popular key. Thousands upon thousands of songs are written in this key. The Goldberg Variations by Bach are all in G Major. This doesn’t even mention all the guitar music that comes from this key. This is mostly due to the fact that g, c and d chords are very guitar friendly. Those chords are all in G major. What an incredible feat for a person to pull off an entire album in todays world, in a single key and still sound amazing.

Progressions in G Major

The Notes in the G Major Scale are as follows:

G A B C D E F#

Chords are: G Am Bm C D Em F#o (half – diminished)

More chords are: G6, Amadd6, Bm7, D6, Em7 F#m7b5

Basic Progression Examples:

  1. G Em G Em D
  2. G C D Am D7
  3. G Em C D
  4. Gmaj7 Am7 Cmaj7 D7 G
  5. C5 G5 D5 G5 G5
  6. G5 A5 D5 D5
  7. Gmaj7 Em7 Cmaj7 D7
  8. G C F#dim Bm Em Am D D7 G

The 8th progression is a neoclassical style progression using intervals of 4ths to determine the next chords. Try writing in the Neoclassical style, it will be a nice little challenge for you!

chord progressions in G major


You can go through all the progressions and after you find some that you like.

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