You may feel surprised to find that you play the Gb chord the same way as the F# chord. So you might wonder why a musician would use Gb over F#. Here, we’ll cover the theory behind both and some extra positions to play the G flat guitar chord.
E-Shape Gb Chord
- Bar down all the strings on the 2nd fret with your 1st finger.
- Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret, 3rd (G) string.
- Put your 3rd and 4th finger on the 4th fret.
- Move your 3rd finger to string 5 (A), and the 4th finger to string 4 (D).
Since this starts at the 2nd fret of your guitar, it produces a deeper Gb chord sound. The next option will offer a higher-pitched version of G flat major.
Similar E-shape barre: The d flat minor chord on guitar
9th Fret Gb Chord Variation
Here’s another version a bit farther up on the neck of the guitar.
- Barre your 1st finger on the 9th fret, strings 1-5 (E to A).
- Place your 2nd finger on the 11th fret, over string 4 (D).
- Put your 3rd and 4th fingers on the 11th fret, as well. 3rd finger goes over string 3 (G), 4th finger over string 2 (B).
- Strum the strings you’re holding.
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The Gb and F# chords are enharmonic to each other, meaning they make the same noise on your guitar.
However, different musicians will prefer one notation or another. Most guitarists find playing sharps like F# easier. But if you’re playing in an ensemble, Gb can be an easier note to memorize across instruments.
The G flat guitar chord consists of 3 notes: Gb, Bb, and Db.
Compare that to a G chord, which uses G, B, and D. You also don’t want to confuse it with the G# minor chord, which uses G#, B, and D#.
In our F# article, we covered the E-shape and A-shape method. Here, we reviewed E-shape alongside another Gb chord option for different frets. Hopefully this was helpful and spices up some of your chords!
Try the minor version next: Gbm on guitar
Songs in Key of Gb (G Flat Major)
G flat guitar chord songs have been popular from decades ago to contemporary music. Here are 6 pieces you can try to practice the Gb chord:
- Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz.
- Beat It by Michael Jackson.
- I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.
- All Star by Smash Mouth
- Superstition by Stevie Wonder
- Patience by Guns N’ Roses
If you want to see more G flat major chord variations, check out my F# guitar chord article. With both of these resources, you’ll find plenty of songs to choose from.
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