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DADGAD Members - please add links to the list of online DADGAD resources.  The list is growing!Continue

Started by Michael Robertson. Last reply by Jean Banwarth Oct 20, 2013.

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Comment by Mike Nepper 10 hours ago

John and all,

I thought I'd just comment in general about some of the posts I've read here. I've always been a big proponent of "noodling", ie playing sets of 2 or 3 harmony notes up and down the fretboard (pretty much in any tuning) and finding some simple chord progressions doing so. I almost always find something interesting, a bit of a familiar tune or something and if it seems fun, I quite often take it futher and find some melody notes close by and it sometimes turns into an arrangement. Just recently, I was in simple Dropped D and am now heavily into a new Stardust arrangement in the key of G.

The other part of noodling for me is finding moveable chord shapes within a particular tuning and that also often takes off in some cool direction and I will hear that unfamiliar yet familiar chord progression. I think some of the books can be helpful with the chord shape part, but for me it is largly by ear I find these things. In other words, I am not thinking about theory necessarily, especially when I'm free-forming like this in alternate tunings. One friend told me that he composes and arranges using theory only in standard and totally plays by ear on all other tunings.

So, best to all of you, and just spend time with DADGAD. It is well loved by many!

Comment by John Zemler on January 12, 2015 at 3:38pm

Hello All, I started a new discussion based on some questions I have about learning DADGAD.  At first I thought it did not post as it is not viewable on the same page as this.  I (finally) figured out I had to click the "View All" link to the top, right, of the Comment Wall.  I'd be quite interested and appreciative for any feedback on my discussion question.  Semper Pax, John

Comment by Alan Edmunds on January 12, 2015 at 2:19pm

Thanks....I've been exploring a bit....looks promising.

Comment by Michael Robertson on January 12, 2015 at 1:15pm

Welcome Alan;

There are a bunch of links to DADGAD tabs and such in the DADGAD Online Resouces just above this message. Well worth exploring.

Comment by Alan Edmunds on January 12, 2015 at 12:23pm

Hi...just joined the group. Haven't played much for years and years. Two years ago, arthritic hands forced me to quit golf, so I decided to go back to the guitar. It's been an interesting journey....

Started learning finger-style last year - some progress, not much - and fell into DADGAD when a friend invited me to a workshop on Keltic tunings. Been noodling around with DADGAD for a few weeks - love the open harmonic ringing sound.

Will try to get Doug Young's book as recommended by several people. Any other suggestions about easy-to-learn DADGAD stuff is welcomed.

Comment by Dave Fengler on January 12, 2015 at 11:01am

I tried doing screen captures of the book but the resolution is too small.  I'll try again at the max zoom and use Snagit to capture the pages, hopefully.  I'd really like a digital version I can copy when I want.

Comment by Mike Nepper on January 12, 2015 at 10:24am

Good job respecting the artists interests you guys!

Comment by Dave Fengler on January 11, 2015 at 9:29am

I assume they don't want people "stealing" copyrighted books so they disable printing and saving the pages.

I just called Barnes & Noble and ordered the book.  3-5 business days to the store.  When I get it I will take it to Staples and get it cut and spiral bound.  Then it will lay flat and I can copy the pages.

Comment by Michael Robertson on January 11, 2015 at 7:05am
I haven't purchased a book on Google play but there should be some way to print it. That would be annoying.
Comment by Dave Fengler on January 11, 2015 at 6:24am

I bought Doug's book on Google Play only to find later I can't print or save it for offline use.  Bummer!  It's much easier to print out the pages I want to work on.

Amy options??


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