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Guitar Tips for Newbies: Open D Chord

Open D ChordThe open D chord can actually be a lot of fun. For the purposes of this lesson, I’m assuming that by now you at least know some of the basic open chord formations… so this lesson is going to expand ever so slightly upon that knowledge. We’re only talking about the open D chord, but this handy little guitar tip can be thrown into literally just about any song you’ll ever come across that has a open D chord in it!

I use Dsus all over the place. Technically the sus I show you here is a sus4.

Quick Theory Lesson:

Wherever you see (sus) it is short for suspended – it means you’re raising the the second note in the chord (in this case F#) a semitone to G, which is the fourth of D. F# is the third note in the scale… normally you need a root note (D), plus a third (F#) and a fifth (A) to build a chord. Suspending changes the third to a fourth. Confused? I hope not. But you can learn some guitar theory here.

Back to the lesson…

These simple little tricks you can play on the E string, while playing an open D chord, can really add dynamics to whatever song you’re playing. Incidentally, you can apply a similar technique to many other guitar chords to modify them just enough to create a different sound that still works well in the song. But we’ll save that for another day. Enjoy…

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An Easy Riff For Beginners – With Open Chords

When I was first learning guitar, a friend of mine wrote a song that had this cool passing note (an F#) in between the G chord and the Em chord. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and practically forced him to teach it to me.

I’ve since discovered this is about as common as sliced bread, but I still use it frequently anyways, because it sounds cool.

The cool thing is, is that for a beginner it is very easy to learn how to throw these notes into your playing, and you get the satisfaction of hearing your playing sound like something more than the usual strum-strum. =)

(It’s been 15 years, but I still remember some of the early victories learning guitar!! =)

Anyways, here’s an easy riff for beginners. Don’t forget to tell me if you loved it or hated it! You can leave a comment just below the video. Enjoy…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Open Chords

A lot of you beginners have mentioned to me that you’re at the stage where you’re working on chords, so I thought that today I would bring you a handy little video which very simply focuses on open chords, how you play them and what they sound like.

I’ve included a chord chart beside each one I teach right inside the video.

The major chords that are covered in here are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

The minor chords that are covered in here are: Am, Bm, Cm, Dm, Em

I fully realize there are a LOT more chords out there, but with the handful I’ve just listed you can play probably 90% of the songs that are out there. Cm doesn’t even need to be in that list, I kind of threw it in because it is just like Bm, but moved up 1 fret.

If this lesson is about the right speed for you, you might consider checking out Colin Daniel’s Definitive Beginner’s Guide to Acoustic Guitar. The course is chock full of great stuff geared specifically for the beginner guitar player.

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Having Fun With Triads (Open D and Dm Patterns)

Seriously – if you’re playing along with another guitar player – this lesson will help you find something different to play. Puh-lease don’t play exactly the same thing – unless you’re specifically trying to play in unison!

Triads are cool because once you get the hang of them, you can easily throw them in anywhere to spice up your playing. Additionally, they are in a higher register than the open chords, so they’ll cut through the noise of the band without turning up your volume.

In this particular video the triads I showed are based on the open D and open Dm chord patterns. For example:

6-5-4-3-2-1 (String number)
X-X-0-2-3-2 (D)
X-X-0-2-3-1 (Dm)

Where X means you don’t play that string, and numbers indicate the fret position. As I move these chords up the fretboard, I simply stop playing the 4th string as well.

Watch Major Triads on Youtube