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DADGAD: Two-string open chords

Adding a second string allows you to make more interesting chords.


You know the notes in D dorian on the B string from the last post. Here they are on the G string, starting at the 4th fret:


  • Fret 4
  • Fret 5
  • Fret 7
  • Fret 9
  • Fret 10
  • Fret 12
  • Fret 14
  • Fret 16


Play around with these like you did in the last post (playing the frets in sequence, making chords, etc).

Now play from the G string to the B string. One way to do this is to play the 4th, 5th, and 7th frets on the G string in sequence. Follow this with the 5th, 7th, and 8th frets on the B string (It’s basically a two-string scale). There are a ton of ways to do this…


Two strings together

Strum all six strings while fretting notes on the G string and the B string together. There are a few basic ways to do this.


  1. Anchor a finger on one string and move a finger around on the other string. For example, place your index finger on the G string at the 4th fret. Now move between the 5th , 7th , and 8th frets with your middle finger (5th fret) and pinky (7th and 8th frets).


  1. Use the same idea, but anchor a finger on the B string and move fingers on the G string.


  1. Move two fingers together. For example, play the 7th fret on the G string and the 5th fret on the B string. Now move your fingers to the 10th fret on the G string and the 8th fret on the B string.


There are lots of combinations here. Do some exploring.



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