The D Major chord

Chord diagram for the D guitar chord.
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Step by Step

Let’s walk through how to play that D Major chord, one finger at a time, on your guitar.

  1. Put your first finger on the second fret of the third string.
  2. Put your second finger on the second fret of the first string.
  3. Put your third finger on the third fret of the second string.
  4. Strum only the thinnest four strings.
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Anna Freitas holds a B.A. from Berklee College of Music and performs throughout New England as a guitarist and vocalist. She continues to teach students, both in-person and online via Skype.