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Easy Guitar Songs • O Canada • Chords, Strum Pattern, Tab

Updated on January 6, 2019


G Major






I had to play this with my composing-recording partner, Elizabeth Storms, for Remembrance Day celebrations in Port Hope. I could not find an easy strum chart for guitar anywhere on the web, so I arranged this version from a number of variations.

Key Signature

C Major seems to be the standard key, but we found that the melody is quite high in some spots, especially for a female voice. You may want to try a capo (see You Belong With Me) and experiment with different keys.

Chord Shapes

I used a partial barre for the F Major, Gsus4 and G. Chord spelling for the F Major is standard: F (3rd fret, 4th string) A (2nd fret, 3rd string) C (1st fret, 2nd string) F (1st fret, 1st string). Gsus4 spelling: G (5th fret, 4th string) C (5th fret, 3rd string, played with the fourth finger) D (3rd fret, 2nd string) G (3rd fret, 1st string). For the G Major, keep the same shape as the Gsus4 but release the fourth finger and fret the B on the 3rd string with the second finger. When I play these two chords, I put the second and fourth finger down at the same time. Even though the fourth finger is cutting off the second finger, it makes the transition much easier.

In bar eighteen, play a normal open G Major (see The Fifteen Essential Open Chords) then hold the third finger on the G on the 1st string, and voice the F, E and D on the fourth string. Use your second finger for the F (3rd fret, 4th string), your first finger for the E (2nd fret, 4th string), then simply play the D open. You will have to avoid the 5th and 6th string for these chords, or mute them out.

In bar 20, the Am/G can be played with the fourth finger reaching down to the G on the 6th string, 3rd fret, while holding the Am open chord. This is a standard way to voice this chord. The open A on the fifth string will be muted by the edge of the fourth finger to avoid the two notes ringing together. This will make the chord much cleaner.

All in all, a pretty challenging piece with all the chord changes. Enjoy!

Strum Direction

Although there are no rules, treat the quarter note slashes as downstrokes and the eighth note slashes as downstroke-upstroke. Eg: the first bar would be Down Down-Up Down-Up Down-Up

O Canada


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