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The G major scale has only one sharp (F#), and it is one of the most frequently used keys for both academic and popular music. This is partly because of its ease of playing in both keyboard and stringed instruments: in the guitar, mandolin, banjo, violin, etc. most of the strings are notes of the scale when played open. The easiest chords to play in the guitar are the ones mainly used in the keys of G and C major. 

The relative minor scale of G major is E minor. The notes that make up the G major scale are the same ones used for the A doric mode, B phrygian, C lydian, D mixolydian, E aeolian (or minor), and F# locrian. Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the G major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the G major scale, together with their harmonic function.



G major
Pattern I

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G major
Pattern II

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G major
Pattern III

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G major
Pattern IV

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G major
Pattern V

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G major
Pattern VI

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G major
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the G major scale.

I
    G 
I7
    G7
 
ii
    Am
II7
    A7
ii7b5
    Am7b5 
iii
    Bm
III7
    B7 
bIII
    Bb 
IV
    C 
ii7b5/iii
    C#m7b5 
iv
    Cm
V
    D
V7
    D7
v
    Dm
vi
    Em
VI7
    E7 
bVI
    Eb 
vii
    F#dim
vii7b5 
    F#m7b5 
bVII
    F