Below is a Diagram of Basic Open D Chords:
After you’ve checked out how to tune your guitar to open d from standard tuning, you are probably wondering what to start playing. Here are five simple chords that can all be played within the first three frets. The diagram is followed by some short info on a few of the chords. Take a look:
As discussed earlier, when strumming the strings untouched in open d tuning your guitar will play a D chord. This makes it easy to realize that barring the strings at the second fret and doing strumming results in an E chord.
The ability to play chords like this is what is so appealing about all open tunings. This makes it much easier to play quality slide guitar music. If you have ever noticed a heavy metal band whose guitarists seem to be playing with only one finger this is the reason. A lot of heavy metal is played in “Dropped D” which is a variant of open tuning where the low strings are tuned to D-A-D, allowing for easy dyads (“power-chords”). Enough about that, lets get back to open d!
If you are accustomed to Standard Tuning:
You should notice that if you are used to playing a “C” chord in standard tuning it isn’t really any more difficult. Simply move your first finger from the first fret of the second string to the first fret of the third string. Then place your pinky on the third fret of the second string and voilà! Don’t forget, you aren’t supposed to play the first and sixth strings.
The A chord is much like a “D” chord in standard tuning. Simply move your first and second fingers over (one string lower) while keeping your third finger in place. Give it a try right now, how does it sound?