Yeeeesss! The D Shape Eb Chord has always been impossible for me…well it’s quite a strech, especially on the Classical Guitar where the frets are wider! Now I’m encountering just one Eb at the end of a song I’m learning and I was already thinking how to simplify and replace it when I just tried and there it was, my Eb, with just a little bit of effort. To tell it all I need to say that there’s a D7 before it and that helps hugely because both middle and ring finger provide a double reinforced anchoring…anyway …I didn’t expect it
Well done! I’ve never managed to play it cleanly, so I either leave off the 4th string and just play the D shaped triad, or give up entirely and play it as a barre chord at the 6th fret
The song is fingerstyle so it needs to be clean…and I actually can make the chord changes clean while practicing…what I really need now is more practice and more than that no panic when the Eb occurs in the song…easier said than done
That is a hard reach, but a lovely flat chord. Just need a lesson on how to grow longer fingers.
I’m afraid no lesson is available But with a 5 minutes of finger gym everyday and just keep going it seems like it’s very likely you can make your fingers work as they were longer …at least it’s what happened to me…
I’m developing arm muscles I never new I had, but I’m not going to challenge you to arm wrestle!
There’s no earthly reason to endure the torture of E flat ever.
It sucks but it does occur here and there.
D movable shape is very difficult, but it is possible for me after placing the fingers one by one for 30 seconds. I can play all 4 strings. C movable (bar with index + 2 3 4 fingers making C) is impossible for me. My pinkie simply isn’t long enough to make an arch and will mute the string(s) below.
Hi Silvia. What is the fingering for the E flat chord you’re talking about?
Congrats Silvia, vert tough stretch on classical guitar!
Like Boris I can get it to ring out ok when setting the fingers in place to get each note… but while playing a song this stretch for Eb is too wide for me. The other Dshape moveable chords become a bit more doable for me moving down the guitar when the frets start to become thinner
I think she is referring to middle finger G string 3rd fret, ring finger e string 3rd fret, pinky B string 4th fret… all while using index finger to hold down D string 1st fret.
Oh no…it wasn’t meant like a challenge in my language I would say “Forza!” , literally “Strenght!” as a way to say “let’s take courage and be brave and try” or something like that…we associate this meaning to the arm with mussels
You’re absolutely right! In fact I never practiced it and tried alternatives like transposing the chords or use a capo or simply remove the Eb. … because it was too difficult!
In this case the Eb (we call it MI bemolle) in italian) is only one… you know I WILL by The Beatles? I transposed it to G and at the end when it goes like “oh you know I…wiiiiiill” it’s D7 to Eb and then to G on the final “I wiiilll!”
Removing the Eb and go straight to G might be the easier solution, as it sounds fine, and I might do that if I see it’s too difficult to play it in the song… @Dro_1 …but I thought since the chord changes are coming out nicely and smooth and sound clean I will practice a bit more and see if I can transition without panic when it’s the moment (the panic being a very likely variable )
C shape bar chords are impossible for me too! And since there are other smarter alternatives I don’t think l’ll ever try! Better move the Cchord the way it is but simply adding pinky down on the third fret of the high e string…try to move that shape, if you haven’t yet…
@sairfingers that’s as Sandro wrote, it has the shape of a D up a fret and you add the Eb bass note as root on the 4th string (first fret) using index.
And wow, that brings back a distant memory.
I’m wondering if you could play a C-shape D7 followed by moving it up one fret from Eb7.
I don’t have guitar next to me to hear if the Eb7 sounds okay in that context.
It would be an essy chord move.
What a lovely rendition! And a very beautiful voice!
I’ll experiment to move the C shape ( I assume you’re not meaning the barre C shape ) I should be able to fingerpick only the notes that are in the chord and leave the other ones that aren’t. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll @ you if I come up with anything decent.
… I had to try… I can form the chord and three tries out of four I got all strings ringing out fine. But that’s on my Godin… and painless it was not…
But on classical guitar? Changing to and from this chord must be torture… Wow, what an accomplishment Silvia
C chord with barre playing at frets 3 and 5 is an A-shape barre chord.
Move up 2 frets for D7 up one more foe Eb7.