D Form +1 • E Flat Type Chords
Let’s move the D chord form up one fret to create E flat type chords.
We could think of each of the chord forms as an origin, or a heel [as in loaf of bread]. Each key center has a chord form that is at or near the nut. Once known, the forms always go in the same order [CAGED, or AGEDG, etc.]. Here are the origins for each chord. The C shape starts the C and D♭'s cycle. The A starts the A, B♭, and B's cycle. And so on.
|CAGED Form||The Heel for...|
|A||A, B♭, B|
|E||E, F, F♯|
P = position of fretting hand. P1 = Position 1. The big numbers are frets, the little numbers are fingers. When a chord has numbers on each side, these are alternate fingerings. Below the tab are the chord shapes which each of the fingerings are based on [can be viewed to be based on]. These are basic open string first position chords. The C is standard. We have fingering options for Dm, Em, & G. F (like Dm) is technically a slash chord since they have A in the bass. So, Dm/A, and F/A (we rarely, if ever, see these notated like this). The A sounds fine and these are commonly accepted versions of Dm and F. Since the viio chord isn't commonly used, we've shown it grouped with G7. Learn both, but we won't see Bo in our day to day lives. Yet, a dim at 7 exists, as in all keys...a diminished triad in position seven. The tones in Bo are B-D-F which are the 3-5-b7 of a G7. G7 = R-3-5-b7 = G-B-D-F. G7 is called the Dominant 7. The triad G is the Dominant. The Dominant is a Major chord in position 5 to the root. C-D-E-F-G = 1-2-3-4-5. Take notice that the qualities of chord are I, IV, V Major, ii iii vi minor, viio diminished [but we will substitute a G7 in our exercise - it's far more common].
D Major has 2 sharps: F# & C#. It can be viewed as the C scale with all Fs and Cs moved to F sharps and C sharps. And/or the G scale with a C sharp. This is scale pattern 41 pattern of our 7 Majors scale system and is played in our alpha-tone order (lowest root → highest in pattern → lowest in pattern → back to starting root). We first train with the scale in P2. In this instance, the 4 finger will be inactive. Then, try P1. In this instance, the 1 finger will be inactive. Next, improvise with the D Major scale for a few minutes. Consider some of the chords which come out of this tone set → D, Em, F♯m, G, A, Bm (we take a look at these after the linear chord scale).