D-A-A Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Using a Capo in DAA Tuning,
First Fret
Using a Dudley capo, Steve demonstrates the installation and use of the capo at the first fret, which changes the strings to EBB, with the melody strings in Aeolian of B (frets 1-8) when starting at the capo, but the drones don’t quite line up.
2. Playing a melody in the Dorian mode at the first fret Using the tune “Sally in the Garden” Steve demonstrates playing in the Dorian Mode (beginning at the 4th fret), with the capo at the first fret.
3. Playing Chords with the capo at the first fret Using chord shapes familiar to DAA players, Steve shows what happens with the sounds of the open chord shapes when using a capo. Closed position chords remain the same.
4. The Capo Convention and Where It Comes From There is an agreement with music writing and tablature, that when you add a capo to a fret, it replaces the Fret numbers at that location with “0” and the rest of the fret numbers remain the same. Shady Grove is used to demonstrate where to find notes that go “below” the capo.
5. The Capo at Fret 3 Steve reminds us that we can play the familiar Aeolian melodies work on the Bass string when the capo is at the first fret. Now we move to the 3rd fret, resulting in GDD and the Ionian (major) melodies work on the bass string from frets 3-10. Playing the melody strings beginning at the capo, the melody is in D, but the G drone on the bass string doesn’t properly support it. So starting at the 6th fret, you can play in the Lydian mode from 6 to 13.
6. Capo 3 Chord Shapes Like before, familiar chord shapes will now produce different results, which Steve demonstrates with the capo at the 3rd fret.
7. Capo 4 At the 4th fret, the capo produces the Dorian mode of E on the melody string, and the Dorian mode of A on the bass string. But if you start at fret 7, you have the mixolyian mode of A! Steve uses June Apple to demonstrate.
8. Capo 4 Chord Shapes Like before, familiar chord shapes will now produce different results, which Steve demonstrates with the capo at the 4th fret.
9. Capo at the 2nd Fret Recalling the excitement of one of his students hearing the drones and tones of a melody played in the Locrian mode, Steve demonstrates what happens with the capo at the 2nd fret.

Music GlobeExtras
  • Learn to use a Capo in the D-A-d Tuning.

  • Watch Steve Eulberg and Bing Futch perform a duet of "The Road To Lisdoonvarna" on mountain dulcimers with the Capo at the 1st fret in the key of Em - tuned dd-A-D

  • In this example, David Haas is playing "Here Comes the Sun", using the Capo at the 4th Fret.

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