After writing about my lazy F trick, it got me thinking about another guitar chord trick that I like to use when playing between a G and C chord. With this guitar trick, you’ll be able to easily move between a G and a C chord while also playing a kind of fun bass part at the same time.
Sure, moving from a G chord to a C chord on guitar isn’t the most challenging chord change, but it’s also not the most interesting chord change to the listener. Instead, playing the C chord as a C/G slash chord, adds a little bit more flavour to what you’re playing.
Lets take a look at the chords.
Start With A G Chord
I won’t say much more about this chord other than it’s worth noting that G is the 5th of C. It’s also worth noting that B (G’s 3rd) is the 7th of C. Basically, the G major triad shares a lot with the C major scale.
This opens things up to being able to play some bass as you move between the chords while also both keeping some consistent notes and changing things up at the same time.
Don’t worry, it will start to make sense in a moment.
Then Play A C/G Chord
Not only does this allow for a very quick change between the chords, it also means that you can easily get a bass line going.
When moving between the G chord and the C chord, you can play the standard G chord, as listed above, or you can damped the 5th string, freeing up your 2nd finger so you can’t move between the chords even more quickly, just lifting you 2nd and 1st fingers up and down. Hell, you can even do hammer ons and pull offs if you want.
You can also play this as a C/E if you don’t play the two bottom strings (the 5th and 6th strings).
Putting This Into Action
Knowing the C/G chord shape in the diagram above opens up lots of great options whether you’re just strumming or if you want to get more complicate.
When practicing this, start with simple strums between the two chords. That C/G chord will really spice up the chord changes and make things a little bit more interesting.
Try It With A Bass Line
There’s a lot that you can do in the bass here. And here’s an idea to get you started.
The first one is a strum pattern that goes G, G/B, C/E, C/D. So it doesn’t even use the C/G chord I mentioned, but that’s not really the point. The C/G is skeleton of this technique that opens the door to other things.
Once you get that down, try it with up and down strokes as well in a nice and easy eighth note rhythm.
Once you get the hang of that, you can start to get more complex with your rhythm. The important part though is that you get comfortable with the chord changes and the bass.
Try It As An Arpeggio
If you want try a similar pattern as an arpeggio, that works too. The below pattern creates a bit of a drone on the 1st string since it’s the one constant note.
This is a fun and pretty easy arpeggio pattern and, if it’s not a style that you usually play, a good introduction to the style. Once you get used to that, feel free to make it more complex.
Now Over To You
As you can probably see, there’s a lot you can do here. The purpose of this lesson isn’t to give you everything you can do with this connection between the G and the C. The purpose is to show you the connection and give you some ideas to go off of.
Practice the change, practice the couple of patterns I’ve given, then adapt the change into a style that suits you.