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D Major Chord

Daniel February 13, 2021
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Introduction:

Our next chord is D Major, which is going to be a decent amount harder than E Minor.

As you learn this chord, try not to get too hung up on having every string perfectly clear. Rather, focus on getting the rough shape and eventually you will learn how to control your fingers so they can keep each string clear.

It’s worth noting that anyone with thick fingers may have trouble holding down the notes for D Major because they’re quite close together. Don’t let this put you off! There will be plenty of chords, scales and exercises where thick fingers prove troublesome. Just remember that in time, you can accomplish just about anything. It may also be worth considering buying a guitar with more space amongst the frets and strings – a classical guitar tends to have the most room.

The D chord should only be strummed from the D string onward (D, G, B & E strings), but once again – focus more on simply getting the correct shape. Improving strumming rhythm and accuracy is a process and will definitely take time.

One more note – this lesson will explain a system for making the D chord. Remembering this system and using as your way of forming the chord is almost always the fastest way to memorise and learn chords.

The Video Lesson:

Close Up Version:

Notes:

  • The D Major chord is often written as just D, because the term “major” is assumed.
  • Aim to get the index and middle fingers on first, at the same time, then “fill the gap” by adding the ring finger to the B string
  • This chord should be played from the D string onward
  • The chord diagram for D Major is below: