4-,5-,6-Note Dobro Chords    

Tuning Chord Angles/Strings Misc. Options
(Open G)
(C6 steel)
(Drop E)
(G Minor)
(G add9)
(G High E)
(Open D)
(Bb Minor)
(Hawaiian A)
Chord name or notes:
e.g. names like: F#m7, G, C9,
or lists of notes like: F# A C# E
In a list of notes you can mark "color" notes with an asterisk. For example, C E* G Bb* would represent a C7 chord with the E and Bb being color notes.
C C# D D#
Db Eb
E F F# G
G# A A# B
Ab Bb
Available chord types:
6 M7 M9 add9
M11 69 s4 +
m m6 m7 mM7
m9 m11 m69 m7s4
7 7b5 7b9 7#9
7+ 9 9b5 7s4
11 13 o 0
(Hover for a longer name.)
Bar Angles
Straight The bar contacts all the strings at the same fret.
Forward The slanted bar contacts the high strings further from the nut with a slope of one fret per string.
Backward The slanted bar contacts the high strings closer to the nut with a slope of one fret per string.
Dogleg The dogleg uses the end of a forward-slanted bar to contact the two high strings at the same fret.
Allow pulls The left hand pulls the 1st or 2nd string sideways behind the bar, raising the pitch by one half-step. The diagram shows this as if the bar was bent.

Barred vs. Open Strings
All notes barred No open strings.
1 open string Position the bar so it leaves one picked string open.
2 open strings Position the bar so it leaves two picked strings open.
3 open strings Position the bar so it leaves three picked strings open.
4 open strings Position the bar so it leaves four picked strings open.
5 open strings Position the bar so it leaves five picked strings open.
All open Strings Don't use the bar at all to make the chord.
Low strings open Allow the low strings (6, 5, etc.) to be open,
else just high strings can be open.

Chord "color notes" are 6, 7, 9, etc.
Chords w/o color notes OK Normally "color" notes are required
e.g. The 7 and 9 in a Dom. 9th chord.
Chords need ≥ 1 color note Only one "color" note is required
in each chord.
Chords need ≥ 2 color notes All "color" notes are required
in each chord.
Allow color notes low Normally "color" notes are restricted to the high parts of the chord.

Notes too close together?
Avoid "jangling" This avoids chords wth notes 1 or 2 half-step apart.

Useful with other low instruments. . .
Avoid chord roots Assume some other instrument (bass?) will be playing chord roots.

Strum Speed
How quickly the strings are strummed when playing a chord.

(debug) Extra info that probably only Peter wants to see. . .

• For 3-note chord positions check out the 3–Note Dobro Chords page.
• You can generate a whole sequence of positions for a whole sequence of dobro chords with the 3–Note Dobro Chord Sequences page.
• If you want to do find chords on a 5-string banjo, check out the 3, 4, & 5–Note Banjo Chords page.
• To report a problem, make a suggestion, or leave kudos about this website send me a note at psl@acm.org.

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