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Comment by Phil Manuel on May 17, 2013 at 7:10am

@Walt - here's my "cheat" tip - for the D/F#, I usually, play it using just the 6th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd string, muting the others when strumming. Playing fingerstyle, I can just play those strings.  Not playing  the high F# on the 1st string, gives my little hands some  relief to use my thumb, by slightly altering my hand's angle when grabbing that chord.  Also, the 3rd in the bass is a common voicing (inversion) heard in a lot of songs.

A typical usage example... The Band's ""The Weight", on the chorus


G           D/F#       C/G

Take a load off, Fanny

G           D/F#       C/G

Take  a load   for free

G           D/F#       C/G

Take a load off, Fanny

(No Chord)                                  put the load

And, and, and - you put the load                  put the load right on me


G - D/F# - Em - D - C/G


to the verse G


Now, try that a few times.  The thing I like about using that chord progression is the bass movement from G to C.  When you play w/o a bass player using this kind of device adds a bit more color and fills in the sound - at least IMHO. ;-)

Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 17, 2013 at 6:20am

William Jahnkow, welcome to the group.  It's always great to have experienced players here.  We hope you find it fun.

Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 16, 2013 at 1:45pm

Welcome to the Newb group, Kenneth Lee Eyre.  We hope you find the discussions and comments helpful, and fun!

Comment by FloridaGull on May 16, 2013 at 10:48am

And, you can use the Dsus4 form as you move the D chord form up the fretboard as well... :-)

Comment by Phil Manuel on May 16, 2013 at 10:16am

Ok, here's the Dsus4 chord, which gives you a fairly complete 1st position D major chord and their often used voicings.  Get your fingers to play the D - Dsus2 - D - Dsus4, and you'll be on your way to playing like James Taylor, though he used different fingerings ;-)  And here's a useful link for Guitar Chord diagrams.

Comment by FloridaGull on May 16, 2013 at 9:40am

Andy - if you have the basic "D" chord down, you can try moving it up the fretboard (toward the body of the guitar) - move it up 2 frets (and, when you move out of 1st position, only play the strings that your fingers are fretting, thank you...) and you have an "E" - up 3 frets an "F" - up 5 frets a "G" - up 7 frets an "A" - up 9 frets a "B" - up 10 frets a "C"...

This works with the Dm chord as well - and the D7 - and the F... :-)


Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 16, 2013 at 8:31am

Yes, FG, I'd like to hear a little about that.

Also, in the D/F# chord it's interesting that the diagram says mute or don't play the open 5th string.  However, since it's an A and therefore is in the D chord anyway (just an octave lower) it's fine if it plays, especially since it's almost impossible not to unless your thumb is a whole lot more prehensile than mine.  I can't even play the F# with my thumb yet.


Comment by FloridaGull on May 16, 2013 at 8:13am
Maybe we should talk about moving the basic D, Dm, and even F chord forms up the neck to acheive new and different (and relatively easy) chord voicings... ;-)
Comment by FloridaGull on May 16, 2013 at 8:05am
Phil - put up a Dsus4, and that'll cover most of the possible fun with the basic "D" chord form... ;-)
Comment by Phil Manuel on May 16, 2013 at 7:37am

Andy, that's the approach I'd take - beat the C chord until it says thank you! A simple exercise I found helpful, is to tap your foot in a slow rhythm, and play the C chord for 4 beats, then  switch to another chord, for 4 beats, trying to keep in time with your tapping.  It doesn't matter at this point which chord you alternate playing, as you are teaching your fingers to move into position.  Take it slow as needed. After doing this for a few weeks, you'll be surprised at your progress, and that you can actually do it faster after practicing.  Mix it up with different chords when you can. 



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