DADGAD Fingerstyle

The most useful scale ever – beginner DADGAD fingerstyle guitar lesson

In this week’s free Irish / Celtic guitar lesson from Folk Friend, I’ll be showing you the most useful scale ever for beginners learning to play in the DADGAD tuning! This handy scale lets you play an octave of D major without hitting the same string twice in a row, which is handy if you have a slow picking hand and want nice overlapping notes for a cool harp-like ringing effect! It also provides an easy way to add bass notes below a melody and thus start writing your first DADGAD arrangements.

If you would like to learn 10 easy arrangements of Irish tunes for DADGAD guitar then check out my book available here.

The free tablature and scale exercises download mentioned in the video can be found here.

I recently finished writing a complete Beginner’s Guide To Celtic DADGAD Accompaniment! You can find it here.

If you're just starting out in the world of Celtic backing guitar, my books can help! They cover everything you need to know about theory, structure, rhythms, chords, fingerstyle and much more... Check them all out here

If you'd like to learn how to play by ear then there's really no substitute for an experienced professional teacher. Click here to book your free trial lesson today!

If you would like a complete guide to folk backing on the guitar then you really need my book Backing Guitar Techniques For Traditional Celtic Music, which tells you all the music theory, strumming patterns, chord shapes and everything else you need to become a great backing guitarist and
My invention The Amazing Mode Wheel can show you all the notes and chords which fit in any scale used in Celtic music.

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