Fixed Position D Major Chord Scale
Next, the fixed position version of playing the D Major chord scale. For this session we are back in standard tuning.
Fixed position means staying in a general position on the board. In this case, we are in/around P2 (zone 1).
Once we have these chords in the hands, we play the chord scale and the progressions as we did with the linear version.
Numbers in the dots are suggested fingerings. Empty strings are muted or not played [most likely muted].
Again, once we have the chords in our hands, we play the chord scale. Strum it. Ascend, descend. Always plan the next chord before moving. See it. Pre-feel it.
Now try the same progressions as in the linear lesson, now in zone 1.
If either of these work for one of your songs, use them. And, as always, make up your own. Write them down. Experiment.
For this key, the fingering for B minor can include a bar (using the index to press the 5 and 1 strings). If we choose to include the 1 string, we only have to apply pressure on the fingertip and the spot on the index knuckle where the first string falls. Another word on barring: bar only if necessary and use your bone edge (not the soft part of your inside or palm side finger). For Bm, use your index to mute the low 6 string. The F♯ on the 6 string, fret 2 can also be included under a bar [not a big fan of this, but check it out].
For alternatives [fragments, partial bars] for F#m, check out this E form session. In that lesson, we show options for F, so for this key, we would need to move the shapes – found on that page – up one fret to F♯.
Remember: the key of D has 2 sharps (F sharp and C sharp). An interesting way to remember this is that this is the opposite of the key of D flat Major. D flat Major has 5 flats and they are the tones that are natural in D.
So, the key of D has 5 naturals – G, D, A, E, B, so the key of D flat has those 5 tones as flats (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭). The sharps and flats for two keys related by letter name, always equal 7. 2 sharps plus 5 flats = 7. This is consistent for all keys.
D Major is on the books.