As we have seen in previous lessons, the D Major chord is one of the easiest to play with the Cuatro, since it only requires 1 finger. The figure of D Major is still easy when applying it along the fretboard, but this does require a bit of flexibility in your hand and fingers. This is because, it is necessary to place a bar and then mark the corresponding fret with your pinky. Take a look at some of the applications of the D Major figure starting with D Major:
Take a look a the following video explaining how to apply this figure to play other chords relating to different notes on the Cuatro.
One thing that we can notice about this figure in particular is the relationship it has with the E Major or F Major in it’s 1st position. Take a look at E Major in 1st position followed by the E Major in 2nd position using the figure of D:
Notice that with the E Major in 1st position, three frets are being marked one next to the other being B, E and G# (the fourth string is being left open being B). Now, with the E Major in 2nd Position, the same notes are being marked with the bar but the 4th string is being played on the 5th fret which is an E note.
The difference is minimal, you are simply playing the another note relating to the E Major chord in a different position being the E note. The same concept can be applied to the F Major in it’s second position and for any other chord you are playing following the figure of D Major.