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Blues Guitar - The moveable D-D7-shape

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The D chord is often the first chord people learn to play. But this simple chord shape is very useful.

We will start with the D7-fingering that was presented in Lesson 14. From there you can get to the D-chord by fretting the 2nd string 3rd fret with you 4th finger. If you are changing between D and D7, this might be a good fingering. But usually a fingering with 1st, 2nd and 3rd finger is better.

If you make a side-step to my Fingering of the G-chord lesson, you will see that you can make a rather smooth change from D to G and vice versa with this fingering. It is also easy to move the 1st and 2nd finger across for a simple fingering of the A7 chord.

The next fingering starts from a position where you make a partial barré on 2nd fret over 1st, 2nd and 3rd string, and then finger 2nd string 3rd fret with 2nd finger. This position leaves you with your 3rd and 4th fingers free.

We start from the last fingering in the row above. You can go to 1st string 5th fret with your 4th finger. You can go to 4th string, 4th fret with your 3rd finger. You can do this while keeping the 4th finger on 1st string 5th fret, or you can play 2nd fret as part of the barré.

The chord shape at the far right is actually a C-shape played over a partial barré in 2nd fret. With this chord, you should see that the C-shape and the D-shape are closely related. It is a bit hard to finger, but it is nice to know. As it is a closed position, you can move it around. Use the same trick as I recommended for the shuffle, move it up some frets if you feel that your fingers are too short.


There is one more fingering I will present, before we start to move around. This is a closed voicing on inner strings. Closed voicing mean that you do not play any open strings. You should notice that it is all within the last chord in the previous row, so it is really a fraction of this chord. You can also notice that it is the chord that we played as part of the harmonized shuffle from the A-chord. It gives you the first inversion of the D-chord.

The only move we will do in this lesson, is up two frets. This will give us the E or E7 chord.

Be careful with open strings when you start to move the chord around. As an E-chord, you can of course use the open E-string. But the A and D string will not work with this chord (unless you expand it with some of the fingerings shown for the D-chord)

I do not indicate any fingering this time. From the discussion on fingering of the D-chord, you should be able to see the various possibilities, and their pros and cons.

Go back to to Lesson 13: 16-bar blues, and you will find an arrangemet based on this chord shape.

Listen to Eric Clapton's unplugged version of Before You Accuse Me for an example where this chord-shape is used in a 12-bar blues in E.

Click here for a 12 bar blues in E based on moveable D-shape and Long A in Finale format [not there yet]. It is written as a fingerpicking arrangement with monotone bass. But in this lesson, it is the chords and not the fingerpicking that is important.

Chord shuffle lick

This is a shuffle lick based on the D-shape. It is of course movable. Here it is written in D. But if you move it up two frets, you are in E. Add another five frets (starting at 9th fret), and you are in A.

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