The D major chord is one of the first chords with sharps everyone learns on piano. It's really common to see and a great one to learn. This is also called a D chord.
Here you'll find a D chord diagram, learn the fingering, notes, inversions and some basic theory for the D major chord. You can also find out what D/F# and D/A means.
If you see a D chord, it means to play the notes D, F# and A.
You can play the D, F# and A in any order, in any hand. Generally, D needs to be the lowest note you play - like in your left hand.
There are 3 main options for how to play this chord.
1. Play all the notes of the D chord in your right hand and the bass note, D, in your left hand.
2. Play the notes of the D chord in your left hand and possibly melody in your right hand.
3. Play the D chord notes and melody in your right hand and the bass note in your left hand.
This video will show you how to play the D chord and you'll also be able to hear what it sounds like.
If you see D/F#, the F# is referring to the bass note.
On the piano, this would mean to play F# in the left hand as the lowest note. D and A would come above.
So what you can do is play the notes of the D chord anywhere you want but play F# as your lowest note.
If you see D/A, it is a slash chord and means that you need to play A as your bass note (instead of D).
On the piano, this would usually mean to play A in the left hand as the lowest note. D and F# would come above.
The D chord or D major chord comes from the D major scale.
The D major scale and the key of D has 2 sharps: F# and C#.
The notes of the scale are D E F# G A B C# D.
A major chord is the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the major scale which is why this chord has the notes D, F# and A.
For any major chord in the root position (with D at the bottom in this case), you can use your thumb, middle finger and pinkie. In piano, these are finger numbers 1, 3 and 5.
These fingers will change as you play the chord in different positions but in the beginning, this is a great fingering to start with.
When you play chords in inversions, it means that you play them in standard positions with specific fingering. And you can practice these. (More on inversions and practicing them here.)
You can play the D chord on the piano in different positions. There are 2 other standard positions or inversions.
To create an inversion, basically it means taking a note from the bottom of the chord and playing it on the top.
D major chord inversions:
Root position: D F# A
First inversion: F# A D (Fingers 1 2 5)
Second inversion: A D F#
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