Dang D shape

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  1. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    Anytime you are moving from the D shape to the C shape, or back, you have that one-fret adjustment to make. I also am finding it almost impossible to get up to 60 bpm with the CAGED progressions because of the D shaped barre chord. I tried barring with my middle finger but my fingers don't bend enough that way, either. I can play the "mini" versions, but that seems to defeat the point of the practice. However, Griff is the teacher, and if he says it's okay, then I guess it must be.;) I am relieved to know that it's a common problem, which means that I will eventually be able to overcome it.
     
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  2. mountain man

    mountain man Still got the Blues!

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    I've always played it this way. As I went through the first DVD today I noticed that I always reversed the fingering of my middle and ring fingers. Now that I noticed the fingering diagram I'll be trying this new (to me) fingering. No wonder why I always kink barred it!

    Another way to finger this is a simple 3 note/string chord where you just use the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd strings... using the index ring and pinky.
     
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  3. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    I have been experimenting with switching my middle and ring fingers, and it seems to help. Insofar as skipping the 4th string, that takes away the flow of the CAGED system. So far I have only watched the videos, so I guess I should look at the PDF, assuming that's where you found the fingering.
    ... Later... I looked at the PDF. Yep, that's the way I was trying to finger it. Maybe I will have to stretch my tendons some more.
     
  4. mountain man

    mountain man Still got the Blues!

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    Patience. I was working on fingering each string this morning for both C and G chords. It's tough all right. But it can be done I think.
     
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  5. mountain man

    mountain man Still got the Blues!

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    I am pleased to say that I've been working on the first DVD this week (5 days). With this week of practice I've improved my ability to play not only the D shape Maj chord but also the G shape chord. The thing with the G shape is the 3 string barr - I've always barred all 6 strings which not only makes the 3 strings that need to be barred difficult to sound, but also the 3 fretted strings to sound properly. I've been able to work through the entire circle of fifths. I've not gone with just one chord to the next but have played each shape 4 or 5 time before moving onto the next chord - for better finger and fretting memory. By the time I'm done my wrist is actually sore. I've been somewhat successful at doing the next exercise of alternate I IV V chords. I'll continue with practicing these two exercises but I think I'm about ready to move to DVD 2. :thumbup:
     
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  6. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    I am getting better as well. I've been practicing every day but I am still not close to being able to switch to the D shaped C chord at 60 bpm. I haven't even tried the other chords yet until I can master the C chords at speed. It hurts my wrist as well. I have found that, as I have suspected, I was not holding my wrist up far enough, and that's why I couldn't finger the D shape properly. That means I have a LOT of relearning to do in order to play with my wrist at the proper angle. Congratulations on your success.
     
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  7. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    Well, after several months of practicing (just a little bit most days, between learning songs) I have finally been able to hit the D chord at somewhere close to 60 bpm. I just thought I'd post this to give encouragement to others who are feeling the same frustration.
     
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  8. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    very cool, I am still struggling with it, but, to be honest, got sidetracked
     
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  9. Jack

    Jack Blues Junior

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    For the D shape I usually fret the "triangle" part with middle, ring and pinky, and once that's in place stretch my index finger back to play the note on the D string. And hopefully do it quickly lol. The C shape is awkward for me, just barring the top three strings I almost always mute the high E. Oh well, practice practice practice.
     
  10. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    I play the D triangle and drop the low bass note most of the time, C shape I've used for years so it's no longer a challenge, G shape I don't use unless it's the top four strings only
     
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  11. ingog

    ingog Started in 2009

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    Remember the ORIGINAL D has a space of one fret between the Nut (which will become your Bar) and the D. So when you go from the E shape to the D shape, your bar starts where the E ends- THEN A SPACE of one fret, THEN the D shape.