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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 or the empty key signature. A number followed by a suit indicator indicates a capo at that fret and which fretting pattern to use.

signature capo+pattern
0 0♦,2♣
b 0♥,5♦
# 2♥
bb 0♣,5♥
## 2♦,4♣
bbb 3♦,5♣
### 4♥
bbbb 3♥
#### 4♦,6♣
bbbbb 1♦,3♣
##### 1♣,6♥
bbbbbb/###### 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 0 b bb
1 bbbbb bbbbbb/###### #####
2 ## # 0
3 bbb bbbb bbbbb
4 #### ### ##
5 b bb bbb
6 bbbbbb/###### ##### ####