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D-Styled Moveable Dominant 7ths


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Introduction to Movable Dominant 7th Chords

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In this lesson we are going to use a D7 shaped chord to play Dominant 7th chords.

I start by reviewing the open position D7 chord. This is the shape we will use to make a movable chord shape we can move up and down the fretboard to play Dominant 7th chords rooted on the D string. Place your index finger on the first fret in order to play the D string as the lowest position. Place your middle finger on the B string one fret higher than your index finger, in this case the second fret of the B string. Place your ring finger on the G string two frets higher than your index finger, in this case the third fret of the G string. Place your pinky, on the high E string at the third fret. Make sure you can clearly hear all the notes ringing.

Strum the chord one string at a time very slowly to make sure that each note is sounding as clearly as possible. Then you can go ahead and strum the chord, lightly grazing the pick over each string quickly right after one another. Practice strumming a lot. It will come in handy. Once you can strum down, then try to strum back and forth.

Now you are ready to try the next step. Slide your hand up the fretboard maintaining the shape of the chord! Refer to the image notation to learn which chord you are playing based upon the root note you are holding on the D string.

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