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D major Piano Chord - How to Play D major on Piano

D major Piano Chord - How to Play D major on Piano
D major Piano Chord - How to Play D major on Piano

In this lesson you’ll learn how to play every variation of a chord of D major on piano, including its root position, first inversion and second inversion.

D major - Root position

Play chord of D major
D major on piano

The notes required for a D major piano chord are as follows:

  • D
  • F#
  • A

Start by playing two D notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Once you’re comfortable, play a A note in the middle with your left hand second finger.

Then use your right hand to make up the rest of the chord. Play an F# note with your thumb, and an A with your second. Then stretch your fifth (pinkie) finger up to a high D.

D major root position on piano
Here's how it sounds:

D major - First inversion

Also written as D/F#
D major first inversion on piano

A First Inversion chord of D major uses the exact same notes as the Root Position, but played in a different order. A good way of playing this is with two F# notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Then play a triad chord in your right using the notes A, D and F#.

Here's how it sounds:

D major - Second inversion

Also written as D/A
D major second inversion on piano

Here's how it sounds:
Learn about chord inversions on piano
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