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.



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

  • 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).


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


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


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


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


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



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