The G# Major chord is enharmonically the same as Ab Major. The G# chord does not get used as much as the Ab chord, but it does pop up from time to time, usually depending on the key of a given song.

The key of G sharp Major is a bit of a confusing one, because it contains notes such as B#, E# and Fx (F double sharp). Because of this, the key of A flat, and the chord Ab are used much more often.

None of the notes in G# can be played on the open strings of the guitar, so G# is most commonly played as a root 6 bar chord on the 4th fret.

Some Quick G# Chord Theory

  • The G# Major chord contains the notes G#, B# and D#.
  • The G# Major chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), 3rd and 5th notes of the G# Major scale.
  • The G# chord (just like all Major chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): Major 3rd, minor 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • The G# chord is the first chord in the key of G sharp Major. The seven chords in the key of G# Major are: G#, A#m, B#m, C#, D#, E#m, Fx diminished. 

10 Ways To Play The G# Major Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for G#, here they are.

G# Major Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading