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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: The "D" Chord Shape

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We're gonna jump now into the D shape.
And use the same sort of concepts that we
used for the F shape.
We're gonna stay in the key of G.
And so that moves our next inversion.
Up here.
If we look.
As we looked in the intermediate section,
and I kind of called it the D shape,
because, you know, we refer back to some
of the most basic first position
chord relationship, just to give it the
name if nothing else, so
we are working out of that shape in the
key of G, so what I am going to do.
Already, got the bar there.
Because we want to unlock first, a bigger
chord structure here.
Which is essentially,
if you look at a C chord.
Now we've, we've taken this, it's almost
like if we had a capo here.
And we're playing that position where we
get this, get that chord there.
And so that's, that's sort of the bigger
chord unlocked from that simple shape.
And a lot of what this does, just as we
noticed with this shape,
kind of works, vertically and then it kind
of expands.
And that's, that's the way these shapes
kind of, physically kind of.
Expand your knowledge of the finger board.
Moving that down here.
And if you look in your intermediate
section, on your closed position D, D
major scale, which is.
So now we're out of this.
So those are,
that's a really powerful, scale position
for, especially for soloing a lot out of,
for fiddle tunes, you know, very major
scale based fiddle tunes.
A way that, you know, the first challenge
is how do we,
how can we connect what we learned about
this shape to this shape?
There is a lot of, you know, loot of space
between there and
there on the finger board.
Well, if you remember this.
The shape right there,
this big closed position scale, there is a
way to connect it by doing this.
we are using these Gs as kind of our
anchor notes, we want to work to the G.
we talked about that D option there, so
instead of staying on this shape.
When we get to this point,
we're gonna move to the E here now,
instead of.
Now we're here.
Now that brings us into the shape of this
G that's there.
So, there's a simple scale shape there.
Now it expands itself to,
to connect to the shape here.
So there's.
You know,
suddenly I've got basically the majority
of this fingerboard with two shapes.
And you know,
your awareness of this comes through just,
you know, again just practice, practicing
you know, those, those exercises that are
in the intermediate section kind of,
get your hands used to those positions.
The scale, the scales we covered in the
intermediate section.
Kinda get your hands in the, in the right,
sort of, you know, get the muscle memory,
I guess, with,
with those scales as forms and scales as,
as shapes to kinda remember.
And then we're just, you know, doing that
all over again here with this,
with this, D shape.
Still in the key of G, so we know,
if it works there, it works there.
And that connects us.
Cuz we're in E.
Usually when you get past about the fifth
sixth fret you can kind of relate back
down to some open strings.
So there's
a way to connect E back down to open, open
E while still using that D shape.
Still working at a G though.
We've got this shape now.
And we can still use a lot of our,
we talked about the B Flat Minor
Pentatonic real bluesy Bluegrass.
Using that same concept.
You know, using.
It's all committing these scales and
just and basically you and then, you just
insert them.
Where, wherever position that you're, that
you're working out of.
And then, again it just sort of continues
to unlock little doors that kind of lead
to awareness, leads to, leads to you know?
Being comfortable up and down the finger
A lot of people I know it's sort of, it's
kind of like you know,
it's stepping off a cliff to, to move much
past a first or second position.
But I want you to feel that, you know,
there's, you know, there's just this.
Anything you play, you know, technique
wise, you're just establishing and
being settled into a certain pattern.
Then you, then you can think about more of
the music that you're trying to make.
And that's again what we're,
what we're kind of exploring here with
these three shapes.
And we're getting a little bit deeper with
that, through these chord forms and
scale forms.
And so.
Got one more to show you and we'll go
there now.