If you’ve watched the chord diagram walkthrough’s in the song lessons, you’ve probably heard me refer to the “Plain Old D Chord”. It sticks out like a sore thumb. G2sus, Cmaj7add2, Em6, D. Oftentimes we find ourselves hanging on that chord for a few measures at a time. Sure we can get “creative” by throwing in a D2 or a Dsus but that gets old. In this post I’ve put together a collection of chord shapes that you can try when you see the ubiquitous D on the chord chart.
Keep in mind, sometimes these will fit and sometime they won't. This isn't meant as a theory lesson, simply a "spark your creativity lesson". Let your ear be your guide. If you need some ideas, here's a domonstration of these chords in action. The first half of the video is vamping on the 'D' while the second half frames it in a G C D progression. Get crazy!