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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #200 on: April 01, 2019, 07:38:50 am »
Your G string is still out of tune.
If your tuner says it in tone you may be pressing to hard and putting it out.
A big rookie mistake is to press way to hard on the strings.
You only need enough pressure to make the note ring out.

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Thanks again! I retuned my guitar and it sounds better now!

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #201 on: April 10, 2019, 12:32:01 pm »
Hi all,

Its been over a week now with the D chord ( never picked a guitar before) . While playing the chord I have to look down at the fingers, adjust a bit and then play. The adjustment time has certainly reduced but I cant  place the fingers at correct position as first go.
My question is when can I move onto the A chord. Should I be able to play the D chord without looking at the fingers ? And should I be able to place my fingers at correct location in one go ?

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #202 on: April 10, 2019, 04:26:53 pm »
Welcome to the forum
You should learn all three chords together for a few reasons.
1 If you only play one chord you'll develop grooves in you fingers when your calluses
start forming.
2 You can get cramping in you finger repeating the same chord for to long.
3 You'll never learn chord changes with one chord.

What you experiencing is normal and not having to look at your fingers takes
a long time. Placing your fingers down all at once also comes with time.
Justin has a lesson later on called Air Changes that help.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #203 on: April 12, 2019, 11:33:59 am »
Oh thanks, so I should probably move on to the next chord then, that is , the A-chord.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #204 on: April 21, 2019, 10:07:16 pm »
I'm kind of stuck on the first lesson group because I cannot change to the D chord without mucking about.  I've been practicing for three weeks now on acoustic.  My issue is that I cannot form the D chord without placing my index finger on the G string, rotating to get my middle finger on the high E and then extending my ring finger onto the B string and this takes way too long.  I can get almost 50 changes in on A-D but E-D is down around 40 and the D chord starts falling apart and stops ringing out after a while.  If I slow down to make good D chords, then I'm down around 30.  Also, I cannot play along with any song because it takes too long to change to the D chord

The is no way for me to get my middle finger to the high E string if my index and ring finger are already on the G and B nor can I get my middle finger behind the ring finger if I try to make the chord shape without a guitar.  I took my middle finger to a 90 degree angle at the second joint about 20 years ago in a volleyball tournament; I don't know if this has anything to do with it.

Does anyone know any exercises that I can do without the guitar to get more flexibility in my middle finger so that I can do them all day instead of the 30-60 minutes of practice each day?

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #205 on: April 21, 2019, 10:43:42 pm »
Hmmmm I just retried tuning again and now I noticed my tuner displays the wrong notes.... (E is shown as D for example). Googling around I see more people with the same issue. I am currently calling the shop where I bought everything, see if they an help.

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Hmm sometimes when a string is tuned too high it will register as a higher note (ex: the E string was tuned too high it will register on a headstock tuner as a low tuned A string or sometimes a low tuned D string.)so if your E string registers as a higher string on your tuner try lowering the tune down until it registers as a correct string on the display.



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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #206 on: August 19, 2019, 11:17:09 pm »
Hi, at 6:37 it is mentioned that there is supposed to be a little gap between the index finger and the fret board. I would like to know the reasoning behind this and why it could be beneficial down the road.

I am sorry in case this question has been asked before, but a quick forum search didn't provide the answer I was looking for.
Thank you :)

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #207 on: August 20, 2019, 02:24:07 am »
Welcome to the forum Tronome
The reason to keep the gap is so as a beginner you don't  mute the e string when
learning new chords.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #208 on: August 20, 2019, 10:09:42 am »
Thanks. :) So if I am able to play every open chord without muting the e string, it is a non-issue.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #209 on: August 22, 2019, 11:17:05 pm »
Try as much as I want, I just can't seem to play the D chord with the my ring finger. I've tried every contortion possible and the high E is always dead. HOWEVER, if I use my pinky instead of my ring finger, I can get a beautiful D chord.

Is there a disadvantage to playing the D chord with the pinky instead of the ring finger? With my pre-basic knowledge, I can't think why it would be problem since I have my anchoring finger right.

Thanks for your help

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #210 on: August 23, 2019, 02:29:15 am »
You stated in your first post you'd like to play fingerstyle.
You will nee your pinky to play sus chords and to do hammer ons and pull offs
to play melodies when playing fingerstyle.

Make sure you're not muting the string with the meaty part of your finger.
Make sure you're using the tip of your finger.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #211 on: August 23, 2019, 04:42:52 am »
Thanks - that's helpful to know.

I've tried contorting my hand and can't seem to not mute the high E with my ring finger. I'm trying to use my tip, but it's still spreading out. I'll keep at it.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #212 on: August 23, 2019, 04:53:11 am »
You may have to develop calises so your finger tip doesn't flatten out.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #213 on: August 23, 2019, 08:35:03 am »
Hi Sapna.
You really do, 100%, need to learn to play the D chord in the standard fingering.
For chord changes later down the line.
For playing additional embellishments around the D chord as stitch mentions ... Dsus4 etc.
You want your fingers to be standing slightly upright rather than laying flat.
It seems silly but I say to beginners make your fingers touch the neck like an alert or startled spider - standing up. Not like a hiding spider, pressed flat, laying down against a wall.
And callouses will help when your finger ends harden more they will splay out less and so interfere with adjacent strings less.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #214 on: August 23, 2019, 04:08:36 pm »
Sapna,

You might also double check your middle finger positioning. It might be that while you're focused on your ring finger your middle finger is rolling over or sliding up to be on top of the fret rather than just behind it. This can sound like muting too.

If you have the opportunity, a picture can be helpful in this kind of situation so folks here can see your hand position and give more specific feedback.

Keep at it. You will get there.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #215 on: October 22, 2019, 08:14:40 pm »
This more myself letting off some steam but damn why is the D chord so damn infuriating to get right? I feel like the only one who struggles with this chord.

It's getting my middle finger down on the thinnest string. I've lost count of the amount of times I don't get it down in time or have to fiddle around to get it sounding right (forcing the changes). Changes to and from D from just about any chord are often clumsy and awkward.

I'm on Stage 3 of the beginner course at this point and changes to and from D using G and C have just been so sloppy. For those of you that are struggling with this chord I'm just going to suggest this: choose songs and chord sequences that have regular changes to and from D in them.

Wonderwall by Oasis (on Justins Android app) is especially great for changes to D.
Same with Natural Mystic by Bob Marley (again on the app) is great.

It's slow progress getting D right. Given it's one of the first chords Justin introduces you to you almost expect it to be easy. But damn do I struggle to get it right with this one on a regular basis.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #216 on: October 23, 2019, 03:19:47 pm »

Same with Natural Mystic by Bob Marley (again on the app) is great.



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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #217 on: October 23, 2019, 06:23:09 pm »
Natural Mystic's Dm/Am/Em

Not in the Beginners Song App for some reason. It's Am / D / Em on that.
That's why I said it's the app version.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #218 on: October 23, 2019, 06:38:54 pm »
JGD is correct it's Am Dm Em. So there is a mistake in the app.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #219 on: October 23, 2019, 08:10:23 pm »
JGD is correct it's Am Dm Em. So there is a mistake in the app.

Damn it anyway  ;D I would have had much better luck switching from Am to Dm than I did battling with Am to D! Thanks for the correction guys, I genuinely hadn't noticed and just played along with the app!

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #220 on: October 24, 2019, 11:37:10 am »
I have passed the D / Dminor error on the App to Justin and he in turn is passing it on to the App developers.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #221 on: December 30, 2019, 11:27:22 pm »
I can’t get this at all. I got my first guitar for Christmas and have had I in my hands everyday. I am having trouble with finger placement. I am muting strings with more of the knuckle part of my finger. All help is welcomed

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #222 on: December 30, 2019, 11:44:21 pm »
I can’t get this at all. I got my first guitar for Christmas and have had I in my hands everyday. I am having trouble with finger placement. I am muting strings with more of the knuckle part of my finger. All help is welcomed

Sp you’ve only been playing a few days ! The only solution is practice and in time your finger tips will get harder and yours fingers willl learn to stretch more and your hand position will improve. Just about everyone has these issues when they start and before you know it, it will be second nature, then you have the issue againalmost when you move onto some of the next chords. Once your fingers allow you too I found it best to practice a little every day or as many days your time allows.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #223 on: December 31, 2019, 08:00:46 am »
     I am muting strings with more of the knuckle part of my finger. All help is welcomed

Hiya, Do you mean that the finger joint above your nail is muting the strings when you say knuckle or palm part of your hand opposite the knuckle is muting the E string. " ?

I'm not sure which video it is but Justin show the tips of his fingers in one and you can see where the strings press in, but i can't say which one it if off the top of me head, maybe a Mod can link it.

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Re: BC-111 • The D Chord
« Reply #224 on: December 31, 2019, 03:12:07 pm »
More between the main knuckle and 1st digest right where the ring sits

 

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