Guitar fingering

D major

The D major chord is very common and best used in different positions and fingerings. That at right is the most useful and should be learnt first. The hand is held back near the nut.

The second fingering swaps fingers 1 & 2. It also moves the position of the hand, moving it down and foward parallel to the neck. This makes changing to e.g. Dm and Bm much easier, whereas that above is easier when G and A precede or follow. Try it and see.

G major

The G major chord is often fingered wrongly for a very simple reason. The 4th or little finger is seldom used and often so weak that fretting the string is at first difficult, even impossible. DO NOT use the 3rd finger instead: you will regret it later on. The fingering shown at right is the most common and correct one. The hand is held back near the nut.

The fingering shown at right is often adopted by beginners with ordinary finger strength. DO NOT USE IT. Work on strengthening your fingers instead. It leaves the little finger "hanging loose" and unable to be used for more complex chordings, which sooner or later you will want to employ.

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