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Old 06-28-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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D Major Chord

I'm little confused on some theory here, maybe you can help.

The D Major chord is made up of a triad (1 - 3 - 5). D, F#, A

So, here is where I am confused.

Why is the D Chord played using 4 string?

open D, A, D, F#

Wouldn't it just be D, F# ,A?

Also, does it make a different the order of the notes? meaning A D Chord is:
D, F#,A or D, A, F#?

does the triad have to be respected in the same sequence. 1D, 3F# 5A???

am I making since here?
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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Have you ever listened to a D chord that was played with all 6 strings? Doesn't sound right. (OK..I know that is not the answer you were looking for)
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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I'm little confused on some theory here, maybe you can help.

The D Major chord is made up of a triad (1 - 3 - 5). D, F#, A

So, here is where I am confused.

Why is the D Chord played using 4 string?

open D, A, D, F#

Wouldn't it just be D, F# ,A?

Also, does it make a different the order of the notes? meaning A D Chord is:
D, F#,A or D, A, F#?

does the triad have to be respected in the same sequence. 1D, 3F# 5A???

am I making since here?


At the basic level; as long as the chord contains the right notes the order doesn't actually matter, nor does duplicating some notes.

That's all you need to know for now, there's some trickynesses with inversions and such but for now just keep it basic: any collection of the right notes, in any order, is that chord.
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:19 PM   #4
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A standard open D chord is D A D F#
It is played on four strings for convenience and repeats the root note. It is played like that because it is an easy shape to make and one of the 5 basic shapes. The order in which you put the notes together in a chord is called the "voicing". This is where you can get creative in songwriting. Using different voicings and playing the chords in different positions will spice up a standard progression. You can even play a D chord with A as the bass note! this is known as a slash chord and is written D/A.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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ahhhhhh, okay. I get it. Thank guys/gals
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:13 PM   #6
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Chord can be spelled as any combination of the notes in it.

Edit: slash chord refers to an actual bass line, not just the lowest note of a chord on the guitar.

Last edited by cdgraves : 06-28-2014 at 06:14 PM.
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Old 07-05-2014, 01:45 PM   #7
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Chord can be spelled as any combination of the notes in it.

Edit: slash chord refers to an actual bass line, not just the lowest note of a chord on the guitar.



a slash chord does not refer to "an actual bassline" it is one chord. Just like a Cmaj or Dm C/G or Bm/F# Those are all single chords and a bass line could be infered from a progression of chords but one slash chord does not imply a whole bass line. It can define the key for a bassline but thats it. A slash chord is literally notating the bass note of a chord if the bass note is not the root.
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