The D major chord is one of the main entry-level guitar chords. Most teachers teach this chord before any other. As it on the higher pitched, thinner strings, it will help new players to develop finger calluses. The D Major is also a part of one of the most used chord formations in popular guitar music, a combination of D Major, C Major and G Major.
Time: This lesson should take about 5 minutes to learn, although some practice time will be required to become proficient at playing the chord.
Material: A guitar
The D Major chord begins by placing the index finger on the second fret of the G string, the middle finger is then placed on the third fret of the B string and then the ring finger is second fret of the high E string. When strumming, the D string is played open and the low E and A strings are not strummed at all.
The D Major Chord Chart
The D Major Chord Formation
One of the most famous songs that uses the D, C, G pattern is Bob Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Whether it’s the Dylan version, the Guns and Roses version or the Avril Lavingne version, few people fail to recognize this tune.