Beginner Guitar Chords: How to Play D Chord on Guitar

This video shows you to correct way to play the D chord on your guitar. When playing the D chord always make sure you start on the root note, the root note of course is D, and it does not matter if you are playing a major or a minor D chord you always want to have that D base note, which you can find by playing the D string. Watch as Jacques demonstrates this in the video.

Taking a look at the D Major Chord up close…

  • Take your 1st finger and place it on the G string that is 4 strings down from the top on the 2nd fret
  • Then take your middle finger and place on the high E still on the 2nd fret
  • Finally take your 3rd finger and place it on the B string of the 3rd fret

There you go; these are your D major chord finger placements… and remember it is really important when you are playing this chord that you start on the D string, which is the base note for the root note.

When you play the D Minor Chord you can do as follows…

  • Keep your 3rd finger on the B string, from your previous placement when playing the D major chord
  • Then take your 1st finger and place it down onto the 1st fret of the high E string
  • Finally place your middle finger on the G string 2nd fret

And like before you want to make sure that you are playing that D root note.
When you practice these two chords make sure you take your time playing and I suggest doing 4 strums on each chord then switch to the other chord, going back and forth between them.

If you have a difficult time counting while playing then don’t worry about it, just make sure that you can play these D chords cleanly with a nice sound and tone, and once you can do that then start switching between the two of the chords, the D major and the D minor, working 4 strums on each chord.

Watch the video to get the true finger positioning and practice for good sound and tone. Follow this link to learn more about playing guitar chords.

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