Here´s a cool guitar lesson about D chord variations!
Hope it helps…
There’s more chords I didn’t have time to write… For example, see if you can find the open position
patterns for Dmaj9 and D9!
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Beginner Guitar Lesson – How to Play D Chord
Variations – Easy Guitar Chords
Hey, guys. Claude Johnson from guitarcontrol.com.
How’s it going? I’m up a little early today, but I
want to show you guys some cool D chord variations.
Some of these you probably know and some of them are
going to be new. So let’s just jump right into it.
So here’s a close-up shot of my left hand and we’re
going to start with just a basic D chord. For you
newbies out there, you’re just going to put your
ring finger on the 3rd fret of the B string, middle
finger on the 2nd fret of the high E string, and
then first finger on the 2nd fret of the G string.
Then you play the top four strings, so you
Now it’s also important to understand which notes
are which positions. So your open D string is a D,
obviously. Then you have an A, which is the 5th
degree. Then you have your root again. That’s your
octave, D. And then your F sharp is your 3rd.
So you would spell that D, F sharp, A, okay?
Now what you can do from here, and a lot of you guys
know this one, but you can put your pinkie on the high
E string 3rd fret. So you’re moving this F sharp up to
a G. That chord is called D sus 4. Here’s another
variation, again, if you know that one you probably
know this next one. You just lift-off. So this finger,
middle finger, playing the F sharp, you just lift it
off for the open E. So that’s called a D sus 2. These
are really common chords, the D sus 4 and the D sus 2.
You could do this… Kind of like Tom Petty, “Free Fallin'”.
Stuff like that. It’s in lots of rock songs.
What else can we do from here? Well, let’s
try lifting-off this finger, the B string.
That gives us a D 6. Just going back to our
theory, how do we get the 6th? Well, right
now our finger is on the root or the octave.
There’s our D. So count up six notes of the
scale; it’s a B. So instead of D, we’ll just
play the B. That give us root, 5th, 6th and 3rd.
It has a real nice open quality, nice open
sound to it.
Now here’s another one. What if I just bar the top
three fingers. When I say bar that means I’m using
one finger to hold down several strings. I’m going
to still play the open D string, but then the top
three strings are going to be all the 2nd fret and
all with the 1st finger here. It’s a beautiful
D major 7.
Here’s another one you might know, D7. So here,
now I’ve got my middle finger up on the G string
2nd fret, ring finger — so I’ve kind of switched
where my fingers are going here. Ring finger on the
high E string 2nd fret and then my 1st string finger
goes here on the 1st fret of the B string. So this
note here is the C, which is the 7th degree. So one
nice thing you can do is go from your D to a D major
7 and then to a D7. It gives you like a Beatles
kind of sound, right? You can go different
places from there.
What about D minor? Here’s your basic D minor
chord. I’ve got my middle finger on the D,
which is on the 3rd fret of the B string and
then I’ve got my middle finger on the 2nd fret
of the G string, my 1st finger up here on the
1st fret of the high E string. Here’s my F,
which is the minor 3rd. Well, we can change
that into a D minor 7 by barring the top two,
like this. We’ve still got our middle finger
here on the 2nd fret of the G string. All these
chords are still using the open D string as
well. You have D minor, D minor 7.
We could also do this, D minor 6 with the open
B string. So this one is just like a D minor
but I’m lifting off of the B string. We could
also lift off this and lift off the high E string.
So you’re only really fretting one note here, on
the A, with your open D, A, open B, open E. That’s
like a D 6-9 chord. Then you can also get some chords
by putting your 3rd finger on the G note here. So
we already saw this one. That’s the D sus 4 where
we’ve got our D on the B string. What if we’d move
that D down to a C so we have this… This one I’ve
got my middle finger on the A 2nd fret G string;
1st finger on the C, 7th degree; and then ring
finger on the high G on the 3rd fret of the E string.
hat would be like a D note 3rd add 11, you could
call it that. Here’s one more variation, some chord,
but lift off of the B string. That would be like
a D6 no 3rd add 11.
With any of these chords you can also play the low
A string which, again, the A is the 5th degree. So
it would be like a D/A or A and a bass. So a normal
D would sound like this… The A on the bass… And
then you could also put your thumb here on the low F
sharp. It gives you a D/F sharp. Van Halen used this
like on… That’s in that song “Best of Both Worlds”,
which I’ll probably go over another day. Anyway, there’s
a lot of cool variations for you. Play around with it.
All right, guys. Thanks for watching. Have an
awesome day and I’ll catch you next time.