C D E F G A B Db Eb Gb Ab Bb C# D# F# G# A#
D D7 Dmaj7 D6 D5 Dm Dm7 Dm6 Dsus4 Dsus2 Dadd9 Dadd2

D major chord guitar

Diagram, notes and theoretical summary concerning D Major triad plus related chords. This chord is one of the most common and below you can see how to play it.

D

D major chord diagram

Full name: D Major
Alternative name/abbreviation: DM
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: D, F#, A
Importance: 10/10
Difficulty: 3/10

Relevant chords: D/F# D/A D/B D/C D/G

Finger positions

This is how you place your fingers when playing this chord:

  • Index finger on 3rd string, 2nd fret
  • Middle finger on 1st string, 2nd fret
  • Ring finger on 2nd string, 3rd fret.

This is regarded as the standard fingering, although alternatives can be possible. This chord can be hurtful agianst the finger tips, in that case you could adjust the fingerings by laying the index finger over three string on the second fret and when use the ring finger for the remaing position on the third fret.

Chord variations

D Major triad bar chord with the root on 6th string: 9 11 11 10 9 9
D Major triad bar chord with the root on 5th string: X 5 7 7 7 5
D Major triad chord with the root on 5th string: X 5 7 7 7 X
D Major triad with the root on 4th string: X X 12 11 10 X
D Major triad with the root on 3rd string: X X X 2 3 2

Related chords

D(no3): X X 0 2 3 5

Chord progressions

D > G/B > A > F#m > G > A7sus4 > A7 > D


D > A > Bm > F#m > G


D > A > Bm > G


G > A > D > F#


D > D/C# > Bm > A > G > F#m > Em > D


D > Am7 > G | D > F > C > G ("Old Man" - Neil Young)


D > Dsus2 > D | G > A > D > G > D > G > A (2x) > D > Dsus4 > D > Dsus2 > D (Mr Tambourine Man" - Bob Dylan)

D/F#

D/F# major chord diagram

Full name: D Major slash F sharp
Alternative name/abbreviation: D 1st inversion
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: F#, A, D

D/A

D/A chord diagram

Full name: D Major slash A
Alternative name/abbreviation: D 2nd inversion
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: A, D, F#

D/B

D/B chord diagram

Full name: D Major slash B
Alternative name/abbreviation: D/b
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: B, D, F#, A

D/C

D/C chord diagram

Full name: D Major slash C
Alternative name/abbreviation: D/c
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: C, D, F#, A

D/G

D/G chord diagram

Full name: D Major slash G
Alternative name/abbreviation: D/g
Type: Open chord
Notes in the chord: G, D, F#, A

Chord progressions

D > D/B > A


D > D/G> D/F# > Em


E > D/F# > A


[Capo 7] G > C > D/A > G | G > C > D/A > D/F# > G ("Blowin In the Wind" - Bob Dylan)