I am still really new to playing my CBG and need some help with some chords. One of my buddies back in Hawaii wrote a song that I like to sing to my wife. I asked and he graciously sent me the music.  He is a phenomenal guitar player, including Hawaiian Slack Key, and the chords are not your basic major/minor/7th chords. 

Can someone help me with appropriate chord forms or substitutions for the following chords?




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substitutions to the rescue!!!

Assuming you are playing a 3 string CGB tuned 1-5-8, you can play the simplified 1-5-8 versions of the chords

G A G C B  

If you have the ability to play major/minor chords on your CBG

Gm Am G C Bm

Ignore the add 7ths and 9ths for a basic competent CBG rendition.

Of note G/Bm7 is likely a transcription typo somewhere in the chain, the slash chord notation is defined as "chord/alternate-root-note" and  should be written Gm7/B which reads as a G minor chord G-B-d, add the dominant 7th  G-B-d-f , play the root G somewhere higher so that the B is the lowest note as B-d-f-g

JL, Thanks. And you are right. I listened to the song while reading the music he sent. He plays a G before the stanza, then on the first word he plays a Bm7. So it would be a G(Easy Peasy) and a Bm. Ill have to work this up and record it when I get it down. Thanks for your help.

Ah, so its a different kind of typo and should be


Yes, something like that.

Hi Rusty, my suggestions for the chords would be:

G 1 /---4-----2-----5-----2-----7---
D 2 /---0-----0-----7-----4-----5---
G 3 /---0-----4-----0-----0-----5---

I think these should get you pretty close to the feeling of the full 6 string chords. Hope this helps. KR


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