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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #120 on: April 14, 2019, 08:57:19 pm »
Hi guys,

Still working hard on my minor chord changes, things are improving slowly, but improving they undoubtedly are. I'm still in the low 30's on one minute changes with the D minor chord in play, as such I don't feel I should move on to stage 3 just yet. Can anyone recommend a song from the beginners songbook that incorporates D minor, which will keep the practice interesting but also help with my transitions? I have learnt and continue to practice 3 little birds, that's alright mama and the walk of life.

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If you have the Beginner's Songbook, take a look and pick one!

For starters there's:

Staying with Marley, 'Natural Mystic' is all minor chords - Am Dm Em. So is 'A Girl Like You', and 'All My Love'. That's reggae, indie/pop rock, and blues to go on with :)
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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #121 on: April 14, 2019, 09:54:18 pm »
Can anyone recommend a song from the beginners songbook that incorporates D minor, which will keep the practice interesting but also help with my transitions?
Tom Waits' Chocolate Jesus- Am, Dm, & E
Great song and Justin goes through a variety of ways to play, from very simple to 'more intricate'  :)

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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #122 on: June 25, 2019, 01:01:10 pm »
Hi all,

a while since i posted so i thought i'd update on progress, maybe it will help others following in the future.

I eventually went with Ain't no Sunshine by Bill Withers to try and support the Dmin practice. This uses all the stage 2 minor chords, so thought that would be a decent option. It isn't in my songbook, but Justin has uploaded a quite recent video tutorial.

Changes to Dmin are now around 45, which i'm pleased about so moved to stage 3 a fortnight ago and as such i am now working on Gmaj and Cmaj.

The song however is still a challenge, the change from Emin to Dmin is  a real ****** when trying to keep time, so i find myself limbering up with a couple of minutes of Emin to Dmin changes before attempting the song practice. I'd say i'm hitting it 50% of the time, or so,  as trying to force the change rather than slow down. As such the song very much feels like a number of separate practice sessions rather than a fluent play through, i think the middle section also is stopping this, it doesn't feel particularly natural playing Amin over and over for the "i know, i know...." section.

anyway just thought i'd share.


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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #123 on: June 25, 2019, 02:38:22 pm »
Hi all,

a while since i posted so i thought i'd update on progress, maybe it will help others following in the future.

I eventually went with Ain't no Sunshine by Bill Withers to try and support the Dmin practice. This uses all the stage 2 minor chords, so thought that would be a decent option. It isn't in my songbook, but Justin has uploaded a quite recent video tutorial.

Changes to Dmin are now around 45, which i'm pleased about so moved to stage 3 a fortnight ago and as such i am now working on Gmaj and Cmaj.

The song however is still a challenge, the change from Emin to Dmin is  a real ****** when trying to keep time, so i find myself limbering up with a couple of minutes of Emin to Dmin changes before attempting the song practice. I'd say i'm hitting it 50% of the time, or so,  as trying to force the change rather than slow down. As such the song very much feels like a number of separate practice sessions rather than a fluent play through, i think the middle section also is stopping this, it doesn't feel particularly natural playing Amin over and over for the "i know, i know...." section.

anyway just thought i'd share.

Good for you.  Keep working at it and over time it will get better, sometimes just demands more patience than we'd wish for.

I'd also encourage recording and posting to get feedback and encouragement.  Often times I find we are our own harshest critics and in the ongoing quest to continually improve don't recognise all we have achieved.  And the Community helps with that.

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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #124 on: June 14, 2020, 12:08:02 pm »
Ok, I have moved on up to the D minor lesson and it seems to have helped with keeping my fingers in a tight group for D and allowing me to see that my ring finger was a bit out on its own sometimes, thereby I was placing my index finger down and then using that to anchor in my ring finger.

Another question now relating to Dm. Justin is suggesting using the little finger instead of the ring finger, however later on you would probably end up using the ring finger? Is it going to be better just to start off that way if I have the reach to fret it properly most of the time anyway?

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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #125 on: June 14, 2020, 12:14:13 pm »
Ok, I have moved on up to the D minor lesson and it seems to have helped with keeping my fingers in a tight group for D and allowing me to see that my ring finger was a bit out on its own sometimes, thereby I was placing my index finger down and then using that to anchor in my ring finger.

Another question now relating to Dm. Justin is suggesting using the little finger instead of the ring finger, however later on you would probably end up using the ring finger? Is it going to be better just to start off that way if I have the reach to fret it properly most of the time anyway?

I’d recommend using your ring finger, helps to stretch your fingers and get you ready for C major.

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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #126 on: June 14, 2020, 12:35:45 pm »
I’d recommend using your ring finger, helps to stretch your fingers and get you ready for C major.

Thanks GregB, this was my thinking. The app says to use the ring finger but if you have issues then use the little finger so I was guessing at some point you would end up having to retrain if you started with the little finger

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Re: BC-123 • The Dmin Chord
« Reply #127 on: June 14, 2020, 01:50:54 pm »
Thanks GregB, this was my thinking. The app says to use the ring finger but if you have issues then use the little finger so I was guessing at some point you would end up having to retrain if you started with the little finger

Yes you will have to use the ring finger eventually anyway as you’ll need the little finger later when you add the Sus4 chord and it’s much easier to just add the pinky than move the pinky and add the ring finger

The only disadvantage of not using the little finger now is your other 3 fingers are toughening up and then when you have to use your pinky it feels like cheesewire at first.

 

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