Topic: Strange G-chord -- why???
A young friend of mine is taking guitar lessons and recently I asked him to show me a G-chord on his guitar. When he did, he fretted the high and low E's on the 3rd fret and left the A string open.
Weird, thought I. A basic G (at least to me and probably most of you) is 320003.
He said that's how his instructor told him to do it. I didn't comment, other than to say, "good job".
It brought to mind a chord diagram I saw a while back in a songbook where a G was shown as 3x0003. I don't know how you'd play that, unless the idea is to mute the A string, but if you're going to mute it, why not just fret it to a B?
I guess what I'm saying is that to me it makes no sense to do either one of these:
- play the open A as part of a G chord,
- omit (or mute) the A string when it could easily be fretted to a B.
What gives? Ideas?