• We would like to remind our members that this is a privately owned, run and supported forum. You are here at the invitation and discretion of the owners. As such, rules and standards of conduct will be applied that help keep this forum functioning as the owners desire. These include, but are not limited to, removing content and even access to the forum.

    Please give yourself a refresher on the forum rules you agreed to follow when you signed up.

Is there a name for this common D-chord thing?

Alex C

Inspired
I don't know the right terms to use here, but there's a D chord "enhancement thing" that is used in a number of popular songs and is usually played by an acoustic guitar. That thing where you hold a D chord shape and add and remove the 4th and 2nd (pinky and middle) fingers. One way of writing it might be:

Dsus4 - D - Dsus2 - D

Here are some examples with time-specific video links:

"Patience" by Guns n Roses (at 1:37)


"American Pie" by Don McLean (at 1:33) (It sounds like this one starts with a D7 shape)


"Wizard" by Uriah Heep (at 0:16)


Is there a common name for this? (Also, is there a term for the type of thing it is? "Embellishment"?)

I know I've heard several more songs with this thing in them, but I can't think of them at the moment. Any more examples?
 

henryrobinett

Fractal Fanatic
I’m pretty sure you called it. Dsus4 - D - Dsus2 - D, unless I’m not understanding. I have listened to the videos. But I’ve played that a lot. You can call it D2, rather than Dsus2.
 

seeu22

Member
No word of a lie, but I was playing acoustic in church a number of years back and I used that little 'd' progression. After the mass had ended an older musician from the area came up to compliment me on the job I did. He went on to thank me for playing that little 'd' thingy.

So I quickly played it and said "You mean this?"

To which he replied "Yep, that's it. I invented that."

As I tried tried to contain myself I thanked him for his contribution to the music world and he went on his merry way.
 

barhrecords

Axe-Master
Is there a common name for this? (Also, is there a term for the type of thing it is? "Embellishment"?
To me it's specific to guitar in that it is "shape" based. Where the D shape is maintained and one or more notes are altered.
You could call it "voice leading". Where during the chord changes, one or more notes remain the same.

(I have a very vivid memory from the 70's where I "discovered" you could slide chord shapes up and down the neck. Blew my mind lol)
 

henryrobinett

Fractal Fanatic
Guitar players think we invented everything. It's a very common thing. It just so happens to be voiced like that on open D for guitar. But the same thing is on piano, or any chord instrument, for every single major chord.
 

HailHalford

Experienced
I’m immediately reminded of this quote:

“Any guitar player knows that, with that open-position D chord, you just move your
fingers around and you get all these little maladies...I mean melodies! Well, sometimes maladies. [laughs] And that became a thrill, to see how many more times you could write around that open D, like "Here Comes The Sun." —George Harrison
 

Desmo808

Experienced
I think it’s one of those things we all invent on our own, as it rolls off the fingers so easily. It’s also something very easy to overdo for the same reason.
Our other guitarist subconsciously does it at every possible opportunity. Every. Even where it doesn't belong. Imagine Hotel California, and you hear that embellishment every time the D chord comes up. It's annoying, lol.
 

paulasbell

Inspired
The nice thing about being able to think and speak "music language" is that once you call that D thingee "D sus4 / D /Dsus2 / D" – and think about what the numbers and name "suspended" mean– then you can find the same thing based on A chord. And then, on F chord. Then, on C chord.
And finally, you can figure out how to barre those relationships up the neck, to make sus4 and sus2 voicings everywhere.
And THEN, you write a rock opera like "Tommy".
 

grandinq

Experienced
Our other guitarist subconsciously does it at every possible opportunity. Every. Even where it doesn't belong. Imagine Hotel California, and you hear that embellishment every time the D chord comes up. It's annoying, lol.
I have to stop myself from throwing that and other cliches in all the time!

I’m trying to picture that on Hotel California...
 
Top Bottom