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8: Beginner: D Chord Shapes

John-Paul Gentile

09:43 · Acoustic Guitar

This week John-Paul unpacks chord shapes in the Key of D for you.

8: Beginner: D Chord Shapes

John Paul Gentile

When you’re looking at a chord chart and you know it’s in the key of D, start looking at each chord and each progression, and start to memorize where they would be in each formation.

1 Chord:
  • Open String D
  • 1st finger on the 2nd fret G string
  • 3rd finger on 3rd fret B string
  • 2nd finger on 2nd fret E string
2 Chord (E minor):
  • 1st finger 2nd fret A string
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret D string
3 Chord (F sharp minor):
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret E string
  • 3rd finger 2nd fret D String
  • 4th finger 2nd fret G string
4 Chord (G major):
  • 2nd finger 3rd fret E string
  • 1st finger 2nd fret A string
  • 3rd finger 3rd fret B string
  • 4th finger 3rd fret A string
5 Chord (A major):
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret D string
  • 3rd finger 2nd fret G string
  • 4th finger 2nd fret B string
  • open E You can also play it further up the neck:
  • 1st finger 5th fret E string
  • 3rd finger 7th fret A string
  • 4th finger 7th fret D string
  • 2nd finger 6th fret G string
6 Chord (B minor):
  • 1st finger 2nd fret A string
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret G string
  • 4th finger 3rd fret B string
  • or 3rd finger 3rd fret B string
7 Chord (C sharp):
  • 1st finger 2nd fret D string
  • 2nd finger 2nd fret G string
  • 4th finger 4th fret A string
  • Technically this is a 5 chord with a 7 in the base, you almost never see a 7 chord alone
D Chord (back to the 1):
  • 1st finger 5th fret A string
  • 3rd finger 7th fret D string
  • 4th finger 7th fret G string
  • to mute the E above, push up with your 1st finger, it sounds more focused.