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The D Chord – How to build it on Guitar, Ukulele and Piano

In this article I will explain how to build and play the D chord in all its variations and instruments (guitar, ukulele and piano) in a very simple way.

D chord [Musical explanation]

🙏 Before we dive into how to build the D chord on guitar, let me ask you for 2 minutes to explain to you the theory behind it:

D chord pentagram staff stave

First of all, the D triad chord, like any other chord, can be major or minor.

Likewise, if we add its seventh we would obtain the D seventh chord (tetrad):

D7 chord pentagram staff stave

D Major Chord

The D major chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: major triad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5.
  • Music notes: D (1) F# (3) A (5).
  • Chords to play with: IV (G) y V (A).
D chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

D major chord on guitar

Ukulele

D major Ukulele

Piano

D piano chord

D Minor Chord (Dm)

The D minor chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: minor triad.
  • Formule: 1 ♭3 5.
  • Music notes: D (1) F (♭3) A (5).
  • Chords to play with: iv (Gm) y v (Am).
Dm chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

D minor chord guitar
Dm guitar diagram

Ukulele

Dm ukulele

Piano

Dm piano chord

D Major Seventh Chord (Dmaj7)

The D major 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5 7.
  • Music notes: D (1) F# (3) A (5) C# (7).
  • Chords to play with: IVmaj7 (Gmaj7) y V7 (A7).

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

Dmaj7 guitar chord

Ukulele

Dmaj7 ukulele
Dmaj7 guitar diagram

Piano

Dmaj7 piano chord
Dmaj7 piano

D Dominant Seventh Chord (D7)

The D dominant 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: major tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 3 5 ♭7.
  • Music notes: D (1) F# (3) A (5) C (♭7).
  • Chords to play with: IVmaj7 (Gmaj7) y V7 (Am7).
D7 chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

D7 guitar chord

Ukulele

D7 ukulele

Piano

D7 piano chord

D Minor Seventh Chord (Cm7)

The D dominant 7th chord is defined by the following notes:

  • Type: tetrad.
  • Formule: 1 ♭3 5 ♭7.
  • Music notes: D (1) F (♭3) A (5) C (♭7).
  • Chords to play with: v (Am7).
Dm7 chord pentagram staff stave

Which presents the following diagram on the guitar:

Dm7 guitar chord

Ukulele

Dm7 ukulele

Piano

Dm7 piano chord