How to Play a D Major Chord on the Guitar

How to Play a D Major Chord on the Guitar

Here’s how to play the open D Major chord on the guitar.

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Steps

1. Learn the open strings on the guitar (there are six of them):

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  • high E – the thinnest string(1st)
  • B – the second thinnest string(2nd)
  • G – the third thinnest string(3rd)
  • D – the fourth(4th)
  • A – the fifth(5th)
  • E – the widest, largest string(6th)
    • a nice mnemonic (memorization tool) for learning this is the following: EAD are the three lowest strings like the word (R)EAD with the R removed. GB are the next two strings like “GIRL” and “BOY”. E is the highest string and is tuned 2 octaves above the lowest string.

     

 

2. Leave the lowest or 6th string open (the note of E).

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3. Leave the 5th string open (the note A).

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4. Leave the 4th string open (the note D).

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5. Place your index finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string (the note A).

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6. Place your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string (the note D).

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7. Place your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 1st string (the note F#).

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