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Dm Baritone Ukulele Chord

The Dm (D minor) chord is among the first chords the beginning Baritone Ukulele student learns. It may be a little awkward at first – but with some practice, it’s an easy chord to master. The D minor chord is made up of the 3 notes, D, F, and A.  The fingering diagram for playing the Dm chord on a baritone ukulele with standard tuning (DGBE) is displayed to the left. (Notice there are 2 D notes being played in this chord).

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Every chord has its own characteristic or personality. In his 1784 essay “A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries,” famous composer Christian Schuber wrote about the quality of different chords. Of the D minor chord he wrote, “Melancholy womanliness, the spleen and humours brood”. (Ok, so remember this was written in 1784). Other composers have written that the D minor chord evokes a sense of melancholy and contemplation. Like other minor chords, D minor can create a heavy and serious atmosphere.

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Although this beautiful chord may create a melancholy mood, many popular songs were composed in the key of Dm, including “Bad” by Michael Jackson, “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, and “Poison” by Alice Cooper.

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