Once we get into a shape, it can be shifted to every position. 12 things, for knowing 1, is good mileage. And, like all of the forms, it is also commonly broken down into other usable pieces.
Move It: D to E Flat
To get into the shape, we can play the D chord in the way it will be moved: put the index tip on the nut at string 4 (we don’t have to do this, but it helps us see/feel/know the shape that is movable). The 3 finger is on the A on string 3 and the pinky is on the D on string 2. There will be no barring for the primary way that we will move this form.
The chord components (R-3-5) are included above. We get to memorizing these, as they are the basis for modifications (mods). Know the string/fret address for the components.
- There are other ways to move this form. Above is my preferred fingering.
- To make our fingering above minor, we lower the bass tone 1 fret.
- If we left the 3rd on string 1 and flatted it, this fingering works well (typically mute the 6 with the thumb and the 5 string is muted with index tip – unless the string is left open, see last point).
- The Major version with the 3rd on the 1 string is challenging to fret and move (a normal D shape can be moved and sounds good with A & D strings ringing, in positions 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 – these are D, E, F, G, A, B♭, C, D).
- When this chord is on D, the open A string is a part of the chord and is often included. The open A (as well as the open high E) can be included in some positions and it sounds fine (reinforcement or adds color).
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