I have no doubt that many of you will recognize the D Major Chord form either from having seen it on a chord chart or in a book, but I am going to be approaching things from a slightly different direction than what many beginning and intermediate students may be accustomed to. The D Major Chord form can be played with an open D (4th string), but for the purpose here, we are not going to bother with the D string.

Instead, we are going to focus solely on using E, B and G, which are strings 1, 2, 3. The root note will be on the second string for every chord used in these exercises. In the beginning portion, we move chromatically up the fretboard, which means that we are moving up one half step or semitone (1 fret) at a time towards the body of the guitar.

In the next exercise, we are going to make things a bit more interesting moving the Chord forms up in mostly whole steps/tones (2 frets) at a time with the exception being E to F which is a half step, semitone (1 fret). Throughout both exercises play everything up and down the fretboard until they become second nature to you.

Start out using simple down strums and then switch over to using down and up strums.

♦ = Closed-note being held down.
◊ = Open-note being played, but not being held down.
x = Note not to be played.
# = A sharp in music. Yes, despite this symbol being referred to as a hashtag nowadays, it actually represents a sharpened note-chord in music.



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