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I get it, but it is a bit confusing when we use the 6th string to name the chord, and in this case not use the first string. Guess I better get to know the fretboard better.

Tomas (Administrator) September 17, 2023 at 5:37 pm

When you say any string has the name of the chord that means the root note of the chord is on that string. (Example D7 – the root is D.) The 6th string may or may not contain the root of the chord. This is covered as you go through the Beginner’s Journey and Barre Chords For Everyone in a practical way. But if you’re wanting to get a jump on these concepts here’s some suggestions: https://realguitarsuccess.com/courses/guitar-theory/lessons/1-4-the-skinny-on-chords/
If this is confusing you would want to watch the theory lessons that come before it.
Another course that’s really helpful is this: https://realguitarsuccess.com/courses/learning-the-fretboard/
Consider this a longer term project and work at it a little at a time as you go through the other courses. You’ll be coming at it from several angles and it will eventually all come together with a big “bang” 🙂

Hi Tomas
I try to find out on which base do you know that the chord you are playing on the 7th fret is a D?
When I play a “normal” (common) C, my 3rd finger is on the 5th string, 3rd fret, which is a C. That makes sense that it becomes a C chord.
When I play the D from this video on the 7th fret none of the 3 strings I am touching with the left hand are hitting a D note. And nevertheless it is a D. How is that?

Hi Sissel,
The triad of D consists of D-F#-A. In this case Tomas made the chord like this: D on the G string (3rd string), F# on the B string (2nd string) and A on the high E string (1st string 5th fret). In addition he added an A on the D string (4th string) making it the bass note or what would be written as a slash chord D/A. If he had left out the A on the high E string but left the A on the D string, we still would have a D chord triad on strings D, G and B with a second inversion (and not playing the high E string). Got it?

Tomas (Administrator) September 17, 2023 at 5:37 pm

Thanks Shulamit 🙂

Hi Shulamit
Thanks very much for your explanation. I got it until the forth line. Therafter it became “chinees”. I already understood that you are a great mathematician and so must be Tomas too. I am not at all! But you gave me a great homework to work on further.

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