ACOUSTIC LESSON 009: Chords & Patterns of DADGAD Tuning

Acoustic Guitar 009: 

Chords and Patterns of DADGAD Tuning...

Study one of the most popular open string tunings used by acoustic guitarists, the "DADGAD" open tuning. 

This tuning creates the sound of an open "D Suspended 4th" chord. The lowest strings, (6th, 5th and 4th) create a "D5" (Power Chord). This sound allows us to produce compositions in either the, "D Major" or the "D Minor," key centers. The upper strings create a "G Suspended 2nd." This helps offer interesting ways in which DADGAD progressions can function from the key of "D" since the "G" chord is the 4th chord of the key of "D."

In this episode of Acoustic Guitar, we're going to run through 16 chord patterns in five exercises to boost your acoustic skills with DADGAD tuning...

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In example one, I've outlined three of the most popular open position chords used in the "DADGAD" tuning. These include the "D5," the "G/B" and the "A5." These three chords also function as the key of "D Major's" "I, IV and V" harmony. This means that once learned, these chords can immediately be used to create chord progressions for writing songs in DADGAD. An example progression is provided so you can apply these patterns into a riff in "D Major."

Example two establishes three new open position chord types that offer up the color of the key of "D Minor." The chords are "Dm," "C," and "Am." These chords are three of the most common chord types used in DADGAD for minor harmony. They establish the key of "D Minor's" "Im, VII and Vm" harmony. Learn the shapes and then practice applying them in the example progression.

Example three starts down a new path with DADGAD chord patterns by exploring three examples of Major and Minor moveable shapes. The chord patterns are demonstrated as "D major," "Gadd2," (due to the chord shapes location), and "Bm7." *Keep in mind that due to the open 2nd and 1st guitar strings the Major and Minor qualities can include extensions or alterations depending upon their position along the neck. The examples of each chord pattern are included within a study progression to demonstrate their use musically.

PART TWOThe exercises in example four introduce the fantastic sounds of, "Blues Harmony" to DADGAD tuning. Dominant seventh chord shapes of, "D7," "A7," and "G7," are shown in the open position. These shapes produce rich Dominant chord harmony within the key of "D Blues." Once developed, they offer the guitarist an opportunity to begin performing Blues jams and riffs in DADGAD. Learn each shape and then apply them in the example progression. Also try using these chords to create a few "D" Blues riffs of your own.

Example five wraps up the lesson plan by showing a few bonus shapes that can be viewed as unique chord voicings for major and minor harmony. Chord voicings for "Bm," "Bm7," "A," and "Em" are provided. In the video I explain how all of these chord patterns can function as moveable voicings around the fingerboard in DADGAD tuning. Learn each shape and then apply them in the example progression provided.

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