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Thread: Having Trouble Playing a D chord? Video help is here!

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    Default Having Trouble Playing a D chord? Video help is here!

    I just uploaded a video on 5 ways to play a standard D.
    Good luck!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpnPl_Gw0aw

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    Thanx!
    Plan on cover the E chord soon?

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    I was able to easily play a standard G chord, as in the first example of the excellent video in the link above, by slightly rotating my left hand upward, toward the headstock, which for a split second, in the "crook" of my hand and thumb. It allows those 3 fingers to be placed on strings 2 3 and 4 more horizontally, making it easier to finger them properly without crowding. At least, that's what worked for me. It also hasn't affected my ability to move to the next chord either.

    PS: Same technique to facilitate the E also.

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    Great video! My hand is big enough to just bar those top three strings with one finger but too big to cram all 3 in there comfortably - until you suggested that G formation. That gives all the room in the world for some reason and I never would have thought of it. It's a great alternative. Thanks!

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    Many thanks! You are a gentleman and scholar and we appreciate your valued help!
    Stan

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