D String: Introduction

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D String: Introduction

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Overview

Alright, you’ve now arrived at the D string, which is also known as the 4th string! Of course, you’ll notice that the strings are getting thicker, leading to their lower pitches. Owing to that, the D string marks the first of the bottom 3 “bass strings” of the guitar.

Though bass strings are frequently used for melodic effect, and in a deeper sense all sounds should be melodic, the pedantic function of the bass strings is often to help mark the roots of songs, harmonically.

Follow Along with the Sheet Music

This course teaches using the Belwin's Guitar Method 1 book. If you'd like to have the guitar tablature (so you can hold the book in your hands and follow along by reading the sheet music), then follow this link to purchase the book: here

Practice Tips

Be mindful of your tempo, allowing the notes to resonate for their full value

Fret the notes by placing your fingertip as close behind the fret as possible (though you can be slightly further behind if your hand stretch is limited)

Maintain proper finger-to-fret assignment (1st fret for the 1st finger, 2nd fret for the 2nd finger, and so on)

Use your fingertips rather than fingerpads

Key Takeaways

Become acquainted with the notes of the D string

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