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Re-tune Guitar to D Chord – Optional

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The idea here is to learn some basic beginning finger picking patterns.  So you will want to be concentrating as much as possible on the right hand. (Your picking hand – of course if you are left handed it would be your left hand)  The more you concentrate on your picking hand the faster the learning process will be.  You don’t have to re-tune your guitar to do these lessons!  But I recommend that you do so, especially if you haven’t played the guitar for very long.  By re-tuning your guitar to a chord you don’t have to use your left hand at all.  That way you can concentrate solely on your right hand (your picking hand).  That is ideal, especially on the first few patterns.

If you don’t want to do the re-tuning, it’s okay!  You can just play the chords shown in the finger picking lessons.  It’s not important right now what you do with your left hand, just as long as the chords that you play and the notes that you will be picking sound pleasing to the ear.  That way you will recognize the good sounding notes as you learn the picking patterns.  If you find that it becomes too hard on your finger tips to hold down the strings of a chord for long periods of time, then you can always come back and re-tune.

Tune Guitar to D chord

To tune your guitar to a D chord
Use an electronic tuner is ideal.  If you don’t have one follow these steps below.

E string – tune down a whole step, to a D note 
(fret E string on 7th fret – tune E string down to same pitch as A string)
A string  – leave as is A note
D string – leave as is D note
string – tune down a half step to F# note
(fret D string on 4th fret – tune G string down to same pitch)
B string  – tune down a whole step to A note 
(fret new F# string on 3rd fret – tune B string down to same pitch)
E string – tune down a whole step to D note
(fret new A string on 5th fret – tune E string down to same pitch)

With this tuning you won’t have to worry about playing the chords shown above the picking patterns in the lessons.  The pitch of the audio clips will be the same as the chords shown with the lessons. If you want to you can put a capo on the 2 fret for an E chord; 3rd fret for F; 5th for G. Using a capo will also make fingering notes and chords easier to play because the strings don’t have to be pressed so hard.

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