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  • Writer's pictureJay EuDaly

Cowboy Chords (2)

More on Cowboy Chords!

This is Jay from I've been a professional guitarist/singer since 1969 and a full-time (80+ students a week) guitar/music instructor since the early '80's. You can read my bio here.

A couple of days ago I announced the release of ALL 15 Cowboy Chords lessons in one PDF download. I included a sort, 30-second promo video to give you an idea of what that looks like:

Chord progressions are given in the PDF &/or the videos for these songs:

▪ Refugee - Tom Petty ▪ Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival ▪ Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival ▪ What I Like About You - The Romantics ▪ Toes - Zac Brown Band ▪ Another Saturday Night - Sam Cooke ▪ With a Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles ▪ Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry ▪ Stand by Me - Ben E. King ▪ Silhouette - The Four Seasons ▪ Dream - The Everly Brothers ▪ Every Breath You Take - The Police

I also gave you part of the first lesson which included 2 different fingerings for G and some technique guidance. There were also links to other related free lessons. So you don't get just the chords, you get technique tips as well as links to multiple free lessons. Here's the video from the first email.

In this blog I'm going to show you more ways to play G; what I call, the 4-Fingered G. This fingering/voicing is very common:

The following fingering/voicing is also common. Sometimes, in certain situations, the 3rd is eliminated. The technically correct name for this voicing is G5. However, most of the time you'll see it notated simply “G”:

What determines which fingering? One factor would be you want to play a note (other than the 3rd) with your index finger (left diagram), or you might want to play another note with your pinky (right diagram). Both possibilities are covered elsewhere but the one on the left is the most common.

Here's a short video that demonstrates the above:

I've received the same question in different ways several times that's essentially this:

Q: 197 fretboard diagrams is overwhelming. A: I get it. Yeah it's a lot. Pick just one of each chord then. There are plenty of million-dollar guitar-playing singer-songwriters who play G the same way every single time they play it. I give you the variations I do because there are those who want them, plus it demonstrates that I know what I'm talking about, dig?

But wait, there's more! Yes, two more fingerings for G and two fingerings for G7. Plus a bonus video on the "Frog-Leg G!" Yeah man, that's a thing!

That will be in the next blog in two days - look for it!


P.S. Leave a comment or question; I'll endeavor to answer all!


The Launch of the Cowboy Chords lesson series will go out to Site Members only! If you are not a Site Member and have any interest in obtaining this PDF:

It's FREE - no credit card or payment info required. For more info on site membership see, Why Become a Site Member?

The launch for the Cowboy Chords download will be next week so sign up before Monday, Dec 11 if you’re not a member!


How about 5 FREE lessons?

The 5-Lesson Foundational Series teaches the Circle of Keys as an organizational mechanism by which you ensure that whatever you learn is drilled in every key in all possible positions. It also gives you a method to find any note, anywhere, without memorizing note names on every string. That is a beautiful thing!

You can download the 5-Lesson Foundational Series right here for free with no further obligation or commitment. Click on the link or picture below to get your free PDF:

Sign up as a Master Guitar School site member - it's free! - and get access to dozens of free site-based lessons, a monthly newsletter that contains a brand-new free lesson, and DEEP discounts on lesson series downloads - plus more!

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