Lesson 3 - The Famous "Dave Chords"

Dave's style is often considered unique because of a chord pattern that is
used in at least 50% of his songs. This chord pattern has
based on a very standard chord shown here:

E:----
B:----
G:-6--
D:-x--
A:-4--
E:----



To form a Dave chord you basically add a Bass note onto the low
E string. The following is the first chord of Say Goodbye:

E:----
B:----
G:-6--
D:-x--
A:-4--
E:-5--


When the note on the low E is 1 less than the
note on the G string, it is considered a major chord
and played like this:

E:----
B:----
G:-6-- <---4
D:-x--
A:-4-- <---1
E:-5-- <---2



It is basically a normal chord like I showed you while the
bass note is played with your 2nd finger. If the note on
the low E is the same as the note on the G string,
it is considered a minor chord as shown by the first
chord of Two Step:

E:-----
B:-----
G:-10-- <---4
D:-x---
A:-8--- <---1
E:-10-- <---3


This here is the same thing but with the bass note hit
with your third finger. If you know how to play those two
fingering's of Dave chords you can play the ENTIRE TWO STEP SONG!!!

There are often variations to the Dave chord but the basis is
the notes on low E and G strings. You will notice Dave chords
if those two notes are either the same or 1 off from each other.


One variation of the "Dave chord" is when instead of your first
finger being on the A string, two off from the G string fret,
it is put on the D string 3 off. Here is the intro chord to Recently:

E:-----
B:-----
G:-10-- <---4
D:-7--- <---1
A:-x---
E:-10-- <---3


A Dave chord can also start on the A string as shown
by the 1st chord of the Spoon Outro, shown here:

E:----
B:-7-- <---4
G:-x--
D:-4-- <---1
A:-6-- <---3
E:----


There are many variations to "Dave chords" and a few rules that
you should know on how to recognize and play them.
Here are some variations:

E:----------------------------------------
B:-------------------------------------7--
G:-6-----7-----5-----4-----5-----9-----x--
D:-x-----x-----2-----2-----2-----7-----4--
A:-4-----5-----x-----x-----3-----x-----6--
E:-5-----7-----5-----3-----5-----9--------


Here is a list of rules on how to play these chords:


  1. ALWAYS USE FINGER 4 ON THE G or B STRING(if Bass note is on the A-string), UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
  2. If the fret on the low E and G strings are the same, ALWAYS USE finger 3 on the low E
  3. If there is a note on the D string, count the # of frets away it is from the G string and that is what finger you should use on the Low-E
  4. If the chord has the bottom 4 strings fretted(like in the #41 Intro), USE COMMON SENSE!!!
  5. If the Bass note is 1 off from the note on the A, ALWAYS use finger 2 on that Bass note
  6. If the Bass note is 1 HIGHER from the note on B, ALWAYS use finger 3 on that Bass note and finger 2 on the G string

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