Taught by Erin Mae Lewis, for Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Players

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1. G Major L-Shape Chord In this series, Erin teaches us how to find and build all types of chords - some you may never have heard of before. She covers major chords and minor, diminished chords and augmented, 7th chords and more.

With this video, she begins with a full G major chord. This chord will serve as "home base" when building the following G chords.
2. G Dominant 7th, Major 7th, and 6th Chords By simply changing the fret she presses on the middle string, but keeping the other two strings the same as for the G major chord, Erin is able to play these three chords.
3. G Minor Chords Here Erin continues with the G minor chord, as well as the G minor 7th and G minor 6th chords.
4. G Suspended Chords A suspended chord (sus chord) is a musical chord in which the (major or minor) third is omitted, replaced usually with either the fourth or second tone of the scale, although the fourth is far more common.
5. G Diminished Chords A diminished chord is a chord consisting of two minor thirds above the root. For example, when built on G, a diminished chord will have a G, a B♭ and a D♭. It resembles a minor chord with a lowered (flattened) fifth.
6. G Augmented Chords & Review An augmented chord is a chord consisting of two major thirds, formed by starting with the major chord and raising the 5th tone 1/2 step. When built on G, an augmented chord will have a G, a B, and a D# (raised, sharpened fifth). 

After explained how to create the G augmented chord, Erin strums each of the chords demonstrated in the prior videos.

7. D Major, Reverse Extended Slant Shape In the reverse, extended slant shape, the root tone is played on the bass string. Erin shows us the reverse slant shape for a D chord, and this will serve as "home base" for building other D chords in this series.
8. D7th and D6th, Reverse Extended Slant Shape A seventh chord is a chord consisting of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones of the scale, plus a note forming an interval of a seventh above the chord's root. Similarly, the sixth chord has the addition of the 6th tone of the scale added above the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones of the scale.
9. D Minor Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape A minor chord is a chord having the root, a lowered or flattened third, and a perfect fifth tone. Built on D, the minor chord would consist of D, F natural (instead of F sharp), and A.
10. D Suspended, Diminished, and Augmented Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape Again, we start from the home position, and form suspended chords by moving your finger on the middle string.
11. Review of D Chords Using the reverse extended slant shape, Erin plays each chord covered in videos 7 through 10.
12. Extended Slant Shape If you feel the D chord above were difficult to reach, you can reverse the root tone to the melody string instead of the bass string. In this video, Erin demonstrates each of the chords in this second option.

  • D Chords, Extended Slant Shape
  • D Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • G Chords, L-Shape

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  • D Chords, Extended Slant Shape
  • D Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • G Chords, L-Shape

  • D Chords, Extended Slant Shape
  • D Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • G Chords, L-Shape

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