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NYG010
07-05-2011, 03:30 PM
Is it just me or are my fingers too fat to play a simple D chord?? they just don't fit within the fret! and I know something does not sound right I have a fender tenor.. Any suggestions?

PhilUSAFRet
07-05-2011, 03:39 PM
Have to check out that left hand technique. I rotate my hand up till it's touching the headstock to easily fret a D

wickedwahine11
07-05-2011, 04:40 PM
Have you tried doing the barre chord d chord formation? It might be easier for you to use the 2225 fingering.

mm stan
07-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Just take practice to loosen up the dexterity and you learn about smooth chord transitions....a few years you'll be able to bend your finger across the three strings lol....here's a little secret,
you know how to make the G chord.....well do that same position on the GCE strings on the second fret.... hope it helps...dont Fret..ha ha good Luck...MM Stan

Gmoney
07-05-2011, 04:51 PM
Is it just me or are my fingers too fat to play a simple D chord?? they just don't fit within the fret! and I know something does not sound right I have a fender tenor.. Any suggestions?

So... had the same uke & the same problem. Try using your index finger to "cover"/barre the G & C strings & your middle finger on the E string. This works well for me.

NYG010
07-05-2011, 05:52 PM
Just take practice to loosen up the dexterity and you learn about smooth chord transitions....a few years you'll be able to bend your finger across the three strings lol....here's a little secret,
you know how to make the G chord.....well do that same position on the GCE strings on the second fret.... hope it helps...dont Fret..ha ha good Luck...MM Stan
Thank you, your always helping me out in particular! Mahalo bruddah

NYG010
07-05-2011, 06:13 PM
So... had the same uke & the same problem. Try using your index finger to "cover"/barre the G & C strings & your middle finger on the E string. This works well for me.

Thank god its not just me, I'm thinking of getting rid of it for the Mango Makai.

TCK
07-05-2011, 07:37 PM
I too play it just like G-money does- 2 finger D works just fine

Teek
07-05-2011, 08:13 PM
One more for 2 finger D. My left ring finger is busted at the first joint and is about a half inch lower that it should be at the tip so it just gets in the way on lots of chords.

ItsMrPitchy
07-06-2011, 12:17 AM
I do a one finger d chord and have always found that the easiest.

Try all the different formations you can think of and see which one suits you then spend time practiceing that formation until it is natural to you.

Foinnse
07-06-2011, 12:57 AM
I've had the same problem before but do not anymore..... My fingers are the same and the uke is the exact same old reliable, so I think I just got used to it somehow. Barreing across the second fret as an alternative is a possibility too I think, it sounds pretty similar to me really and I've seen it recommeneded before.
-F

OldePhart
07-06-2011, 07:32 AM
Yep, I do a D with two fingers or even just my index finger as a partial barre across the three strings, depending on the width of the neck and the action (if action is high you need a lot of "reverse fold dexterity" in your finger to clear the A string when doing a barre). Usually this works out to a two-finger D on tenor and concert necks and a one-finger barre on the rare occasions that I play a soprano scale.

John

Mandarb
07-06-2011, 08:05 AM
So... had the same uke & the same problem. Try using your index finger to "cover"/barre the G & C strings & your middle finger on the E string. This works well for me.

Yup - I do the same thing....works great.

hoosierhiver
07-06-2011, 08:15 AM
So... had the same uke & the same problem. Try using your index finger to "cover"/barre the G & C strings & your middle finger on the E string. This works well for me.

I guess the 2 finger method is more common than I thought, I do that too.

Skitzic
07-06-2011, 08:26 AM
I just barre the three strings with my middle finger. My middle finger has a weird bend to it so it doesn't hit the A.

Huna
07-06-2011, 08:30 AM
yeah I only use barre chords for that type chord.

1014
07-06-2011, 08:58 AM
lol. i'm sure Israel Kamakawiwo`ole had mo fat fingas den all us.

dkcrown
07-06-2011, 09:12 AM
Count me in on the two finger approach. Two fingers for the D chord and two fingers of single malt or a good rum and that D chord never sounded so sweet.

PoiDog
07-06-2011, 09:17 AM
lol. i'm sure Israel Kamakawiwo`ole had mo fat fingas den all us.

This. Whenever I come across a chording problem I always think to myself that if Bruddah Iz could manage it, I can.

Oh, and chalk me up for another vote for the two finger-D. It's the E that gives me nightmares.

Kem
07-06-2011, 09:34 AM
You can rest assured that those of us with unusually skinny fingers have problems too. I can manage the D easily, but I find many bar chords a bit of a nightmare. My fingers just don't have that much surface area.

Curse you, people with medium-sized fingers. Cuuuuuuuuuurse yoooooooou!

Pueo
07-06-2011, 09:35 AM
lol. i'm sure Israel Kamakawiwo`ole had mo fat fingas den all us.
Remembering this gets me through my most difficult chording moments. I just keep saying to myself that it MUST be possible because HE did it!
What I find even more interesting is that since I started out on guitar, I originally thought the ukulele would be too small for me to fret because of my large hands and sausage fingers. My wedding ring is a size 13. So I bought a Tenor. While sopranos do seem a bit crowded for me, I am able to play them now and I really like the concert scale. OK, back to the interesting part - my guitar now seems too crowded for me! Those two extra strings on the neck mean they are spaced closer together, and I find my guitar neck spacing too tight!

Patience, practice, repeat. You'll get it! Oh, and I make my "D" like a "G" chord all on the same fret, fingertips just staggered a bit. 2225 is very easy and sounds very nice too, I usually use that as a final chord to finish a song in D.

patico
07-06-2011, 02:39 PM
the same here
i barre with the index or middle finger, depending on waht goes next. if i'm playing in A scale, i barre with the middle finger, complete the D chord with the ring finger, so in case of needing a E chord, just move up n use the index that's free !!!

Waterguy
07-06-2011, 02:47 PM
The way I learned it http://www.doctoruke.com/efingering.pdf I'm 6' 6" and 280 lbs. Works for me.