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Comment by Dave Fengler on May 17, 2013 at 12:00pm

I've been a beginner on and off (mostly off) for 30 years but I've always loved chords.  I can play many open and barre chords but I haven't taken the time to put it all together to play much of anything.  I like to finger pick which will show up any poor fretting.  All I need is time and focus.  It would be easier if I could find someone local to play with.  Having 4 used Seagull guitars keeps me interested  I won't be quitting again, but I need to focus where I want to go. 

Keep on posting Phil!!!

Comment by Phil Manuel on May 17, 2013 at 10:45am

I know that some of my post are over the head or maybe more info than you want to know at this stage of you guitar journey.  So, I'm in the process of adding my info in another discussion "Chords and Examples - If you want to know", I'll post links to the updates here.  In that way, maybe the info wont take away from you enjoyment.  In the beginning, I always stress having fun, and keeping it simple.  As you progress, the other info may be of more value.


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

Dave, yes it is.  Actually, I play the C normally and finish with a hammer on to the C/G.  So, it should be 2 strums there...

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












I do a hammer on and shift with my 2nd and 3rd fingers on the C/G, hammering on from the open D string to the E note D string 2nd fret, and shifting the fingering the 3rd finger from the 5th string C note to the 6th string G note on the 3rd fret, and finger the C note on the 5th string with my pinky.

I know it sounds more complicated than it is, trust me.  You can get by with splitting into 2 strums, as I said.  Though, if you really want to know, I can post a vid illustrating the movement this weekend. ;-)

Comment by Dave Fengler on May 17, 2013 at 9:51am

Phil - The last chord in your song, C/G, is that the normal open C with the G added on the 6th string?

Comment by Ken Rhodes on May 17, 2013 at 9:43am

@Walt, a "cheat" that I'm kind of fond of for the D/F# is to use my second finger onthe 3rd string and use my first finger on the 6th string. Then I either mute the 1st string with the backside of my third finger, or I use my pinkie to play the sus4 on the 1st string. On a song like "The Weight", where the G is such a strong dominant chord, that sus4 really adds.

Comment by FloridaGull on May 17, 2013 at 8:50am

Let's put all the "D"'s together:












Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 17, 2013 at 7:37am

Thanks, Phil.  I will try that later today.

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!


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