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I really like a song and when I saw the chords they are : F#, C#, Dm#, B. And I'm beginner so is there a easier version for these chords or like change the chords and use a capo?

  • I presume the dver is concerned about the use of 'scale' in the title. If not - then what? – Tim Jan 16 at 18:31
  • Does OP perhaps means “transpose” instead of “scale” in the title? – iep Jan 17 at 10:53
  • May we know which song? – Strawberry Jan 17 at 15:54
  • Given the current answer and comments, can you say if transposing is acceptible? – Michael Curtis Jan 17 at 16:22
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If you're happy playing open chords as opposed to the barres involved here, take the song up by a semitone - most likely not going to strain any tonsils - and substitute as follows. G for F♯, D for C♯, Em for D♯m and C for B. Pretty simple and straightforward. The only drawback really being you won't be able to strum along with the track - but that wasn't mentioned...

Indebted to trolley813 - by tuning the guitar a semitone down, it will render averything back to the 'original' key.

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    If you tune the guitar down a semitone (so playing G actually yields F#, C yields H etc.), you will be able to strum along. – trolley813 Jan 17 at 9:22
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    There are also pitch-shift plugins that allow you to shift the original key of the song in order to be able to strum along. This works pretty well except for vocals. – infinitezero Jan 17 at 10:37
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    @trolley813 Yep, this is a dodge which singing guitarists have been using since pretty much the invention of the instrument. It's particularly commonly used by singers as they get older and lose some of their range. Joni Mitchell for example has not only gone through several different altered tunings for Big Yellow Taxi but also sings it significantly lower than her original recording. – Graham Jan 17 at 14:26
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    @MichaelCurtis - as I see it, the OP, a beginner, doesn't really want to play those chords, which on standard guitar can only be played with barres. Maybe right now, s/he's not concerned about learning to play in all keys, purely wants to play that song. Hence my answer - avoiding the problem posed in the question. Which you used as a basis for your answer. Although muting odd strings (if strumming) is hardly a beginner technique. Could always use a scrunchie... – Tim Jan 17 at 15:08
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    @MichaelCurtis - except my solution covers it with no capo. Answer: no. – Tim Jan 17 at 16:26
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Assuming the trouble for you is playing all barre chord, you can try playing the chord on 3 strings...

F#  xx432x
C#  xx312x
d#m xx434x
B   xx444x

You can't strum them in the way of open chords, but a broken chord pattern with pick or fingerpicking will work nicely.

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  • I like this, however, using only 3 strings will make the guitar sound a little thin if you are playing alone. – Ian Jan 17 at 9:38
  • True, but it's hard to really say without the specifics of the song. – Michael Curtis Jan 17 at 14:09
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If you put a capo on fret 4 you can play three of the four chords using open chord shapes.

F# at the 4th fret can be played with a 'D' shape:

%x.x.4.6/1.7/3.6/2[Fmaj]

C# at the 4th fret can be played with the 'A' shape:

%x.4.6/2.6/3.6/4.4[C#maj]

B at the 4th fret can be played with the 'G' shape:

%7/3.6/2.4.4.7/3.7/4[Gmaj]

The only slightly more awkward one in this situation is the D#m, which could be played as a barre chord:

%x.6/1.8/3.8/4.7/2.6/1[D#m]
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    As a new user I'm not familiar with formatting chords - I'd appreciate it if someone could tidy them up and point me in the direction of a guide! – dandgore Jan 16 at 18:04
  • That minor is the fly in the ointment - if OP played any barre chord, the question probably wouldn't be posed. – Tim Jan 16 at 18:26
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Here's my take on this. Chords where you only play the three highest strings, and you do not play the bass strings marked with X.

easier chords

The chords are not in root position, except B, but I don't think that matters, because the notes are so high anyway. It's a bit like ukulele.

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You ask about using a capo. By putting one on the second fret, you can use open chords as if it's in key E.

The F♯ now gets an E shape, the B gets an A shape and the C♯ can be played as B7. Yes, there's an extra note, but that's acceptable in a V chord. The slightly odd one's going to be vi - the D♯m, which is pretty close to F♯6. By playing an E6 shape (022120) it will sound o.k.

So, you'll be using 'open' chords, four fingers maximum, all changes straightforward. Give it a try - and you're still sounding in the same original key - F♯.

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