D Major Piano ChordLearn the right way to play a chord of D Major on piano
What is a D Major chord?
D major is an easy-to-play piano chord that’s made up of the notes D, F# and A. It can be written as either “D Major”, or simply abbreviated to just “D”. Its relative minor is B minor.
What notes are in a chord of D Major?
A chord of D Major is formed by playing the notes D, F#, and A. On the picture of the keyboard above, you can see the three notes of the D chord marked in green.
Playing D Major with two hands
The diagram below shows the best way of playing a chord of D major with both the left and right hands. Use your left hand to play octave D notes with an A in the middle. Your right hand then plays a triad formed of F#, A, and D.
How to play a chord of D/F# on piano
A chord of D/F# requires an F# at the bottom of the chord stack. To form a chord of D/F# on piano, play a standard chord of D major in your right hand using the notes A, D, and F#. Then play a two F# notes with your left hand, one octave apart.
How to play a chord of D/A on piano
A chord of D/A requires an A at the bottom of the chord stack. To form a chord of D/A on piano, play a standard chord of D major in your right hand using the notes F#, A, and D. Then play a single note of A with your left hand.
Chords related to D Major
There are a number of other chords that share a similar harmonic family as the chord of D Major on piano, meaning all of these will always sounds good when played in the same chord sequence:
|Chord name||Required notes|
|G Major||G B D|
|A Major||A C# E|
|B Minor||B D F#|
|D Minor||D F A|
|E Minor||E G B|
|Dmaj7||D F# A C#|
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Last Updated: September 18th, 2022