My buddy's uncle got a 5 string banjo and we're trying to figure out how to play chords on it. Since it's tuned to Gmaj, I told him he should be able to play major chords with one finger, and minor, maj7 and m7 chords in easy to remember chord patterns, just move the positions of the fingers slightly for the different chords. However, my buddy looked at chord shapes on google, and saw all of these D shapes that don't even look like Ds to me, for instance x0234 is apparently a D, but I told him there is no F# in a D maj chord so what he's reading is wrong. I don't even know what is going on with these chord shapes:
Just looking at the two D chords (to lessen my headache), that is obviously not a D chord (at least to me), and there are two differently fingered Ds. These chord shapes make no sense to me. If they're in the wrong tuning for us, I can't get my head around what tuning they might be in. And how can you have a moving Root? I've got a bunch of other questions, but I'm getting confused right now.
Edited by doosh baggins, 11 February 2014 - 11:09 PM.