The D chord has many possibilities for fills and those little extra notes that can make fingerstyle sound so special.

One reason is because the first string is easy to change to notes that compliment the basic chord.

Also the bass has both the tonic and second inversion on the open strings making it easy to find hammer-ons for fills.


Here is a further example of added bass lines… and more chords!

Folk Guitar Chords

The first three chords I learned was E, A and B7.

Most students learning to play the guitar begin with chords sequences that make a I-IV-V chord progression because most song use this sequence – especially song in the folk genre.

Simple Songs and Chord Changes
Learning to change chord without stopping is one of the biggest challenges that beginners have. Some song such as “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” uses just two chords, so this is a very good song to practise I to V chord changes such as A to E; D to A or E to B7.

For the more advanced chord player, open position chords that can slide up the guitar neck and still have an open string bass note is very effective. Moving the open E chord to the sixth fret will give us an A chord but with open 1st, 5th and 6th strings.

This produces a sound that is a bit like a twelve string guitar – a nice jingly sound!

There are many chords that can be moved up and down the fretboard and still have open strings.

Fills and Extra’s
Almost every open position chord has one or two fills that can be added.

For example, a D chord can be made into a Dadd2 by taking off the second finger and having an open 1st string. Or it can become a Dsus4 by adding the fourth finger onto the third fret of string one.

Connecting chords using bass notes – ascending and descending – makes a very musical effect.