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D Major Chord

Playing a D chord is easy. Let's start with the ROOT POSITION. A D Chord is built out of the notes D-F#-A.

Play these notes above middle C with the right hand using the 1st, 3rd and 5th fingers respectively. (If you don't know the numbers of the fingers go to the Basic Piano Fingering Page.

The D major chord has the same optimistic or joyful sound as all other major chords because all major chord are built out of the same Musical Intervals.

The intervals which create an D major chord

The distance between D and F# creates a major third. That's why we call this chord a D major chord. We complete building a D major chord by building a minor third abover the major third. so we play an A note above the F# note. all together we play D-F#-A.

I always recommend trying to first try to find a major chord by ear and then check it out by measuring the intervals you came up with. In this case for example I would press on the ROOT NOTE of the chord (D), then skip the next white key and go to F, skip a note again and play the A note.

Now when playing those three notes (D-F-A) I'll hear that this chord sound rather mellow, more like a a minor chord. So all I have to do is raise the minor third in half a tone in order to turn it into a major third. So I'll end up playing the D-F#-A notes.

Chord inversions of a D Major Chord

Now let's invert the D major chord into all possible inversions. If you have not idea what I'm talking about Click here to follow the Chord Inversions piano lesson.

The possible chord inversion are given in the image.

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