6. Chords in DADGAD
In DADGAD the open strings are commonly used to create resonant chord
voicings. However, it is a good idea to have a range of closed chord shapes
available that do not use any open strings. Just as in standard tuning, these
shapes are easy to move up and down the neck to gain access to a wide range of
keys. In the chord menu bar above, the generic major and minor links provide a
range of these shapes.
Each possible root note also has a major and minor link above providing chord
charts. Emphasis is given to chords
which use the open strings in some interesting way. Often chords will have
similar sets of notes, but in DADGAD it is the fingering variations that
point to new melodies and tune directions. Generally these chords are not
designed for heavy strumming, but rather as "broken" chords which we partially
use to move a melody from one place to the next.
Playing Chord Audio
To hear each chord simply click on the chart and your
browser will open a MIDI file player to sound the chord
for you. This may be Apple QuickTime or Windows Media
Player depending on how your browser is setup.
Get Started Quickly
Here to get started with a set of 18 handy chords.