Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge: D#m and F#

The Chord "Deux" Jour Challenge means learning or expanding upon two chords per day for 49 days (USA Thanksgiving off). Check out the full list here.

Each chord map attempts to appeal to both beginners and intermediate/advanced guitarists and keyboardists. Simple chord shapes for beginners are provided with the following finger system:

1 index finger
2 middle finger
3 ring finger
4 little finger
o play open string
x do not play open string
( bar one finger over more than one string
T that rare occasion that I recommend you use your thumb to fret a note (which probably won't show up during the Challenge)

The first chord is D-sharp minor, or D#m:

Guitarists, take the C#m that you already know, and shift that whole moveable barre chord shape up two frets, so that your index finger is behind the 6th fret. If I had to give this kind of barre chord a name, I'd call it an Am-shape barre chord, since it is a minor barre chord with the root note on the A string.

Keyboardists, D#m is all black keys: D#, F#, and A#.

The next chord is F-sharp major, or F#:

Guitarists, F# is what I might call (but don't usually at all) an E-shape barre chord. It's a major barre chord with the root note on the low E string. Otherwise, it's the E major chord, but two frets higher.

Keyboardists, F# is also all black keys: F#, A#, and C#.

Two more tomorrow. Cheers!

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