The D major chord is built from a root note (D), a major third (E), and a perfect fifth (G):
- 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 [Musical explanation]
The D major chord is a major triad with formula 1 – 3 – 5. Therefore, to build it we need D (1), F# (3), A (5):
This is due to the fact that a major chord is made up of 2 third intervals:
- A major interval (4 half steps between the 3rd and root).
- A minor inteval (3 half steps between the 5th and 3rd).
If we apply this principle to the D chord we obtain that:
- F# is the major third of D because it is 4 half steps above the root.
- A is the perfect fifth of D because it is 3 half steps above the 3rd.
Thus, this confirms that the D major chord is defined by:
Root (D) – Major Third (F#) – Perfect Fifth (A)
D Guitar Chord
The D major chord guitar has the following shape on the fretboard:
Let’s analyze in detail this chord diagram above to make sure that we understand how to play the D on guitar:
Let’s start by analyzing the 3 circles in blue, which indicate that on the strings 3 (G), 2 (B) and 1 (E) we have to place the fingers 1 (index), 2 (middle) and 3 (ring finger).
Note by the way the number 1 in black on the left that indicates on which fret we start playing the chord.
On the other hand, at the top we see that we have the characters:
X X D A D F#
This simply means that in the:
- Sixth string there is no sound.
- Fifth string there is no sound.
- Fourth string sounds the D note.
- Third string sounds the A note.
- Second string sounds the D note.
- First string sounds the F# note.
And at the bottom we find the numbers:
1 5 1 3
This indicates that in the:
- Sixth string There is no number because there is no sound.
- Fifth string There is no number because there is no sound.
- Fourth string sounds the root (1).
- Third string sounds the perfect fifth (5).
- Second string sounds the root (1).
- First string sounds the major third (3).
⚠️ Important: it is not mandatory to memorize all this information to play the D chord on guitar. But it is highly recommended to know it in order to understand the musical theory behind each chord.
Other ways to play the D guitar chord
In addition to the diagram shown at the beginning of the article, we can also find the D chord in the following fretboard positions:
D major triad chords and inversions
First Inversion (D/F#)
Second Inversion (D/A)
What chords are in D major?
The D major scale harmonized results on the following chords:
D (I) – Em (ii) – F#m (iii) – G (IV) – A (V) – Bm (vi) – C#º (viiº)
A very good chord to practice with D is the A chord, since it is the fifth chord in the progression and the dominant.
D Ukulele Chord
Here you can see as well the D uke chord diagram:
D Piano Chord
To play the D chord on piano we only need to find the same music notes on its keys:
First Inversion (D/F#)
Second Inversión (D/A)
Music scales in which the B major chord can be found
- D major scale (harmonized with triads)
- D Em G♭m G A Bm D♭dim
- G major scale (harmonized with triads)
- G Am Bm C D Em G♭dim
- A major scale (harmonized with triads)
- A Bm D♭m D E Gbm A♭dim
- B minor natural scale (harmonized with triads)
- Bm D♭dim D Em G♭m G A
- F# natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- F#m G#dim A Bm C#m D E
- E natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Em G♭dim G Am Bm C D
- G harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Gm Adim B♭aug Cm D Eb G♭dim
- F# harmonic minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- F#m G#dim Aaug Bm C# D Fdim
- G natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Gm Am B♭aug C D Edim G♭dim
- A natural minor scale (harmonized with triads)
- Am Bm Caug D E G♭dim Abdim
D Major Chord PDF
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