16 Aug Cowboy Chords 2
Here are a few more basic chords. These ones are a little more difficult than the previous ones, so you may have to work at them a little more to get used to them. However, just like the chords in the previous lesson they are widely used and will allow you to play literally thousands of songs!
Place your pointer finger on the 2nd fret of the G string, your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the B string, and your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the high E string. This is D major:
Notice that you are not playing the low E string or the A string. Work on getting it to sound nice and clear. Get each finger as close to the metal bar as you can. A common mistake for beginners learning this chord is to mute the high E string by letting your ring finger touch it; so be sure to test each string and make sure they are sounding.
If you are holding D major, you can switch to D minor by lifting your middle finger, putting it where your pointer finger is (on the 2nd fret of the G string), and putting your pointer finger on the 1st fret of the high E string. This is D minor:
The only difference between D minor and D major is the note on the high E string. The fingering is a little different though (as you can see above). Work on switching between D major and D minor.
Next up is G major:
Notice you are playing all six strings. You can switch from G major to D major by keeping your ring finger where it is (on the 3rd fret of the B string). Work on switching between G major and D major.
Lastly, of these commonly used chords, is F major. Take your time..