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Aug 5, 2022 - 5:04:26 PM
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Someone is going to have to school me on how to search for a topic in the archives.
I’m looking for some tips on grabbing a D chord. It’s been a struggle for me. I’m working through repetition. My middle finger keeps wanting to go to the fourth string rather than the second. I guess it is searching for the C chord.
I am sure there are archived posts and I’ll go to them if I can search for them.

Aug 5, 2022 - 5:48:08 PM
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beegee

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23017 posts since 7/6/2005

Practice.Practice. Practice

Aug 5, 2022 - 6:04:34 PM
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chuckv97

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65057 posts since 10/5/2013

Place your fingers exactly where you want them to form the D chord,, then press them into the fretboard off and on 10 times, the final time push them tight into the fretboard for 10 seconds. Then completely off the fretboard and back into D chord placement, off and on 10 times. Rinse & repeat. Good luck,, you’ll get there.

Aug 5, 2022 - 7:25:13 PM
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Thank you both. I am so appreciative.
Sorry for the typo. :). Chird ;/
Chuckv. My daughter married a Van Winkle. Good man.

Aug 5, 2022 - 8:29:36 PM
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4053 posts since 5/1/2003

I usually finger the first three strings for the D and just put my ring finger in the 4th as needed

Aug 6, 2022 - 12:08:03 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by gottadothis

Someone is going to have to school me on how to search for a topic in the archives.
I’m looking for some tips on grabbing a D chord. It’s been a struggle for me. I’m working through repetition. My middle finger keeps wanting to go to the fourth string rather than the second. I guess it is searching for the C chord.
I am sure there are archived posts and I’ll go to them if I can search for them.


So there are several way's to play the D Chord. But I think what your trying to do is make a D7 Chord. But lets leave that aside for now and focus on the Full D Chord, This makes the D7 chord easy peasy. 

First learn the shape of the Full D Chord. Make that shape on the banjo and hold it there in place whist you watch your favorite TV show.  Yes I am not messing with you. What this does is help your hand to feel comfortable holding that shape, some folk may describe this as muscle memory. Your also training the brain to memorize this position. Hope you enjoyed your TV show. Your done, it's there sitting inside your head waiting on you using it.

Now that you have that shape memorized think of it as a closed chord, and with a closed chord you can move it anywhere on the neck and find other chords.

Now that you know how to make a closed D Chord did you know you can get a D Chord just by using one or two fingers?

Check out this guy, he can explain things a whole lot better than I can. And he makes it so much fun.

 

 

 

Edited by - FenderFred on 08/06/2022 00:22:13

Aug 6, 2022 - 2:39:06 AM
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pickn5

USA

1675 posts since 8/8/2012

Some ideas here that just might help me get the F and D shape chords.

Aug 6, 2022 - 4:46:57 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

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27537 posts since 8/3/2003

An exercise that might help with both the F and D shaped chords:

Make the usual 4-finger closed F shaped chord at 3, 1, 2, 3. move it up one fret while exchanging the middle and index fingers and leaving the ring and pinkie on the 1 and 4 strings, then move up one more fret, exchange the middle and index and continue all the way up and back down the the neck. Start out just vamping or pinching the strings each move. As you get better at it, try making a forward roll on each move all the way up and back. The try a forward-reverse roll changing in the middle of the roll.

This will get your fingers and brain working together on how to change chords smoothly. Don't try for speed, try for clean, clear chords.

Aug 7, 2022 - 5:28:28 AM

11944 posts since 6/30/2020

quote:
Originally posted by gottadothis

Someone is going to have to school me on how to search for a topic in the archives.
I’m looking for some tips on grabbing a D chord. It’s been a struggle for me. I’m working through repetition. My middle finger keeps wanting to go to the fourth string rather than the second. I guess it is searching for the C chord.
I am sure there are archived posts and I’ll go to them if I can search for them.


Good information is already posted above. Practice and more practice. 
The repetition of switching between the F and D chord shapes is what builds your muscle memory. You may have to do this hundreds (or maybe thousands) of times until it becomes second nature. As Sherry has already said; If you are fingering full closed chords keep your pinky and ring fingers anchored on the D strings and use them as a guide to slide between chords. 

Here's some information that might be helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUJ-xQbS6D4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqGZwbRFlpc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyRBmIHIZiU


 

Edited by - Pick-A-Lick on 08/07/2022 05:36:36

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