Figuring out a Chord


I’ve seen so many guitar players using this shape in the Key of D, seemingly going from a D to an A or in the midst of playing a “regular” D. Can anyone help me figure out what’s going on here? I’ve tried and can’t seem to get it to sound right. Thanks!

At the 1:09 mark here :


I think it’s just a type of “G chord” fingered in “drop D” tuning

first two strings on third fret
3rd & 4th strings open
5th string “dulled” with third finger
sixth string tuned down to D and fretted with 3rd finger on G note (5th fret)

It has no other notes except I’s & V’s, or G’s & D’s, which gives it a distinct type of sound…not sure if there is another name for this type of chord or not. ===tony Rice type G chord.


That sounds much like D5, but I think fiddle_wood is more accurate.
With drop D tuning, the below could work as well.
D2 - 000230
D5- 000235
Cadd9 - 030030
Em7 - 020030
A - 002220
D2 - 000230




Hi @chelsea.kelly09 I am not a guitar player so I can’t really offer much advice on this chord shape except to say have you watched @BanjoBen 's lesson (see below) on defining a chord.

A chord is made up of three notes the Root Note, the third and the fifth tones of a scale. Often expressed in Roman Numerals I, III, V,

The fact that this tune is played in drop D tuning doesn’t change that rule. All you gotta do is find those notes close to the shape your looking and you should be able to work things out from there. A map of the fingerboard in Drop D tuning should help speed the process of finding the locations of these notes.

Check this out

And be sure to watch Ben’s lesson below. Good luck


Thanks…I’ve seen so many people do this and never could get it to sound right. That video I know was in Drop D but another one I saw never mentioned it and I may have gotten frustrated and given up… :slight_smile:

I appreciate your help!


Good points, Archie! I need to be a little more patient and diligent when figuring things like this out!


I’ll get on trying theses out tonight! Thanks @jmonickaraj !