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Guitar fretting patterns with DADFAD tuning

The three patterns

Dots (•) indicate on-scale fret positions. Open strings are also always on scale with these patterns.

The ♦ (diamond) pattern

String 1 2 3 4 5
D
A
F
D
A
D

The ♥ (heart) pattern

My favorite! D minor, or an E minor with a capo on second. Use index finger and pinkie finger on the bright A string, and then middle finger and ringer finger on middle D and on F respectively. Great pattern because you don’t have to dip into the bass strings for the root note.

String 1 2 3 4 5
D
A
F
D
A
D

The ♣ (clubs) pattern

String 1 2 3 4 5
D
A
F
D
A
D

Signature → Capo+Pattern

A zero indicates no capo. A number followed by a suit indicator indicates a capo at that fret and which fretting pattern to use.

signature capo+pattern
0♦,2♣
0♥,5♦
2♥
♭♭ 0♣,5♥
♯♯ 2♦,4♣
♭♭♭ 3♦,5♣
♯♯♯ 4♥
♭♭♭♭ 3♥
♯♯♯♯ 4♦,6♣
♭♭♭♭♭ 1♦,3♣
♯♯♯♯♯ 1♣,6♥
♭♭♭♭♭♭/♯♯♯♯♯♯ 1♥, 6♦

When there are alternatives, use the lower capo number for a fuller sound or the higher capo number for a brighter sound.

You can additionally put a partial capo on the bass strings (or retune them).

Capo+Pattern → Signature

capo
0 ♭♭
1 ♭♭♭♭♭ ♭♭♭♭♭♭/♯♯♯♯♯♯ ♯♯♯♯♯
2 ♯♯
3 ♭♭♭ ♭♭♭♭ ♭♭♭♭♭
4 ♯♯♯♯ ♯♯♯ ♯♯
5 ♭♭ ♭♭♭
6 ♭♭♭♭♭♭/♯♯♯♯♯♯ ♯♯♯♯♯ ♯♯♯♯

If you have an easy means of tuning the F to F♯, you can also take a look at Guitar fretting patterns with DADF♯AD tuning for three more patterns.