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frank
05-19-2008, 02:54 PM
hey guys, i'm new here.

i'm having trouble as a beginner playing the D chord (0-2-2-2). I can't seem to consistently and quickly get to that position with my humungo fingers and make it sound good. I know i can try playing all three strings with just my index finger, but that's also a little tough. Any advice? tips?

deach
05-19-2008, 02:58 PM
I've got jumbo fingers too. I barre with the index. It just takes practice.

UkeNinja
05-19-2008, 03:22 PM
I'm sure you already checked, but this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2426) has some great tips for that dreaded D-chord. Not to spoil the surprise, but it's about steel piping and push-ups :music:

frank
05-19-2008, 03:27 PM
lol are those serious suggestions? i can't tell.

i'm actually doing pretty good with just my index and middle finger for all three strings

davoomac
05-19-2008, 03:46 PM
When I play D chord I almost always bar with my middle finger and mute the A string with the same finger. Usually people leave the A string open so it can ring out, but my finger just doesn't bend that way.

The weird part is when people use their thumb to bar the D chord. give that a try haha:D

dave g
05-19-2008, 03:52 PM
i'm actually doing pretty good with just my index and middle finger for all three strings

That's what I do too. At first I tried using all three - no way :-)

Phil Major
05-19-2008, 06:13 PM
I used to dread the D shape, and I would ... *Cheat*... at it for a while, but its a good idea to come back to the natural D shape every now and then to give it a go. The more you mess with it (over time of course...) the easier it will come. For now, go for one of the other ways, I especially like barreing the whole fret and muting the A with your picky, since its close to the natural shape.

funkycarnivore
05-19-2008, 06:28 PM
I can kinda mash my index and middle fingertips together to cover all the necessary strings. I learned it from playing an open A chord that way on the guitar for my entire life.

frank
05-19-2008, 07:07 PM
is there a proper way to mute a string?

thanks for all the suggestions guys, i'm going to come back here a lot. there are a lot of helpful people.

so i just learned a simple version of over the rainbow... one of the happiest moments i've had in months :) such a great song

davoomac
05-19-2008, 07:16 PM
is there a proper way to mute a string?

thanks for all the suggestions guys, i'm going to come back here a lot. there are a lot of helpful people.

so i just learned a simple version of over the rainbow... one of the happiest moments i've had in months :) such a great song

Not really. As long as the string doesn't ring out the sound then you can mute it anyway you want!

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-19-2008, 08:56 PM
yeah as David said.. Davoomac, just use your middle finger and mute the bottom string, thats my way.. my fingers are like.. from my nuckle... "wheres a ruler in my house!!" umm from the start of the z key on the keyboard to the start of the m believe it or not.. looks big but if u do it yourself it isnt that big..

but my advice - middle finger/mute a string.

*edit*
sorry... almost at the end of the n key, re-measured ^^

david98116
05-19-2008, 11:44 PM
Hey Frank, I use my middle finger as well. As your fingers get in better shape you'll be able to barre cleanly every time. Takes some practice though. Happy strumming....

TokyoUketarist
05-20-2008, 12:17 AM
You have 3 notes and 4 strings so you are doubling one of the notes in a chord. An easy D chord to hold is 2225. You can barre the 2nd fret with your index or index and middle for support and play the D note 5th fret A string with your pinky (2225).

You have 3 notes in a D chord D,F# and A. With the regular shape you play A, D, F#and A (2220). With the other you have 2 D's.;)

Keonikapila
05-20-2008, 01:38 AM
You have 3 notes and 4 strings so you are doubling one of the notes in a chord. An easy D chord to hold is 2225. You can barre the 2nd fret with your index or index and middle for support and play the D note 5th fret A string with your pinky (2225).

You have 3 notes in a D chord D,F# and A. With the regular shape you play A, D, F#and A (2220). With the other you have 2 D's.;)

In a lot of cases I prefer playing D this way, just because I think it sounds more "interesting" since it includes two D notes an octave apart.

But that said you should definitely learn the 2220 fingering as well, because that's a really useful moveable chord shape and it'll help you in the long run.

frank
05-20-2008, 02:52 AM
thank's for all the advice!

JackT
05-20-2008, 03:36 AM
I'm sure you already checked, but this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2426) has some great tips for that dreaded D-chord. Not to spoil the surprise, but it's about steel piping and push-ups :music:

As pointed out, I had various issues with this chord. Just practice alot, and walk around with a handy peice of steel piping :eek: haha.

Just don't give up and keep rocking! :nana:

Jack33@
05-20-2008, 05:09 AM
Ok the push ups are going well, I am exercising my thumbs, stretching my ring finger and the local blacksmith has been very helpful with just the right angle of steel and D is beginning to form for me...

...but I have a problem with the E chord.

Seen the pictures of Chords in 'Nursery Rhymes for little Ukulele players' and I'm getting nowhere. I was starting to get lost in frustation and shame until I saw this thread (thankyou!)

I am guessing the answer is 'practice' but if anyone has a magic wand out there I'd love to hear the solution.

How can I make the E easy?

Jack33

Howlin Hobbit
05-20-2008, 07:42 AM
But that said you should definitely learn the 2220 fingering as well, because that's a really useful moveable chord shape and it'll help you in the long run.

Yeppers. Learning to partial barre it with the ring finger is the way to go.

(Now where's my bent pipe? I need some more practice.)

Jimmy
05-20-2008, 08:00 AM
Well, I taught myself ukulele for a couple of months before finding any helpful sights. I started out with a concert size, and I assumed you play a D by placing your ring finger over the second frets on G C and E. This is also why I'm a little afraid of posting videos. Will people judge?

Now that I've got a tenor and a baritone I could do the chord correctly but it's just how I play it now. I'm sure I do a lot of chords wrong :P

seeso
05-20-2008, 08:01 AM
Well, I taught myself ukulele for a couple of months before finding any helpful sights. I started out with a concert size, and I assumed you play a D by placing your ring finger over the second frets on G C and E. This is also why I'm a little afraid of posting videos. Will people judge?

Now that I've got a tenor and a baritone I could do the chord correctly but it's just how I play it now. I'm sure I do a lot of chords wrong :P

As long as the notes are right, there's no wrong way to play a chord. Do what works for you.

JoeyJr858
05-20-2008, 10:17 AM
sometimes I'll use my index finger, then push down the index finger down w/ my middle finger. Sometimes I wish I was double jointed for those shapes. It would be great for the 1st position E as well. :D

Howlin Hobbit
05-20-2008, 09:48 PM
sometimes I'll use my index finger, then push down the index finger down w/ my middle finger. Sometimes I wish I was double jointed for those shapes. It would be great for the 1st position E as well. :D

I do the "push down with my middle finger" bit too. Whatever works, y'know?

But you don't have to be double-jointed to do the barres based off of the D chord shape. I'm not, and after some practice -- actually on guitar many years ago where it was barres off the A shape -- it comes to you.

It's just a little back bend on the finger. Keep working at it and don't hold yourself to somebody else's schedule. You'll get it when you get it. But don't despair, you will get it.

tad
05-21-2008, 07:12 AM
sometimes I'll use my index finger, then push down the index finger down w/ my middle finger. Sometimes I wish I was double jointed for those shapes. It would be great for the 1st position E as well. :D

I'm glad someone mentioned the E chord.

I can do a "cheating" D with no problem-- 222x. But that first-position E chord is PAINFUL.

nikolo727
05-24-2008, 09:43 AM
i also have teh sausage fingerz!


i just use the pad of my left index finger to bar the 4-2 string on the second chord, to play a D.

it works for me

try it.