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DADGAD chords–F

fretfOkay, I’d like to show you something about DADGAD, let’s start here.  I learned some time ago that a lot of very fine songs set down really well when they were played in what’s sometimes called the flat keys, their scales start on notes like B-flat and E-flat.  B-flat is a particularly nice key to play in on the upright, just feels good with how the notes work out.  B-flat isn’t particularly graceful on a guitar tuned in DADGAD.  But oddly enough I’ve found that playing something in the key of F has an interesting flavour.  It’s another one of those flat keys, although it doesn’t have a flat in it’s name (it does have one note that you play as a flat, B-flat).  And a lot of very interesting things happen when you can work in F.  So let’s start here.  The three chords that are going to be most of interest are the root chord, the chord built on the 4th note of the scale, and the chord built on the 5th note of the scale.  That’d be an F-chord, a B-flat-chord, and a C-chord.  So, here’s the F.  Once we get a bit farther in I’ll show you how this chord becomes useful in a whole bunch of ways.  And there are all sorts of good things that can happen playing around with the F, B-flat , C-chord continuum (including maybe a G-minor chord as well).  But for now take a few minutes and get solid with this as being an easy reach for you.  It’s only one way to play an F-chord, but it is very useful.  (You’ll notice right away that it comes in handy in between playing a C-chord and a G-chord, for instance.  But I digress…)