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7 Ultimate Guitar For Beginners Course - How To Play D Major On Guitar

Welcome back for lesson 4 - How To Play D Major On Guitar

This is the third chord of the 7 ultimate guitar chords for beginners course and one that most beginners find the trickiest. Due to the clarity of the notes, making sure that each is played correctly with the D Major chord.

Here is our overview of the chord:


  • Just like it says on the chord diagram above,put your 2nd finger on the 2nd fret (high E string). Then 3rd finger on the 3rd fret (B string), and finally 1st finger on the 2nd fret (G string) using the fingers tips. The finger tips are the most sensitive part of the finger so it will take time to build strength on each of the fingers. By the way just a note on finger tips if your nails are too long get them cut you can’t play guitar with long finger nails.
  • Press down on all 3 strings firmly. Each string should be touching the fingerboard of the guitar. Depending on your guitar’s action (The distance between the strings and fingerboard/neck) this can be quite difficult.
  • You’re probably asking “How do I know if I’m pressing down hard enough?” You know when the notes are clean without any buzzing from the strings. Buzzing coming from the strings is a common mistake when first learning the instrument. There are two reasons for this: Firstly not pressing hard enough on the strings and secondly not pressing down on the centre of the frets.
  • Just a little word on the right hand when practicing the Chord D. There is no need to pick the strings really hard. If you’re pressing down correctly with your left hand, the right should take care of itself. With that in mind, with your right hand holding the pick correctly, pick each string separately and softly starting with the high E string. Pick 4 strings for D Major.

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