D Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of D Major
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reference which shows the notes, finger position on the piano keyboard,
intervals, scale degrees,
diatonic chords and
common chord progressions in
🎸 You'll also find the D major scale on the guitar fretboard.
The D major scale is a diatonic scale consisting of the pitches D, E, F♯, G, A, B and C♯. Its relative minor is B minor.
The D major scale has a key signature of 2 sharps: F♯ and C♯.
The key of D major is closely related to the key of G major and the key of A major.
→ go to all major & minor scales
The notes of the D major scale are
The relative minor of the D major scale is B minor
D major scale piano layout & finger position
Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the D major scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the D major scale up and down:
D Major Scale on Guitar
🎸 Here you'll find a guitar fretboard representation with the notes of the D major scale , using standard guitar tuning: E A D G B E. You can show all notes, only the root notes, the intervals or the scale degrees:
You can also highlight specific scale positions on the guitar fretboard for the D major scale, using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system (TNPS):
Chords in the key of D major
(D major diatonic
The diatonic chords in the key of D major are: D major, E minor, F♯ minor, G major, A major, B minor and C♯ diminished
Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.
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Common chord progressions in the key of D major
Here's list of popular major key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of D major. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:
Toggle D major scale intervals & scale degrees
|2: Supertonic||E||Major 2nd|
|3: Mediant||F♯||Major 3rd|
|4: Subdominant||G||Perfect 4th|
|5: Dominant||A||Perfect 5th|
|6: Submediant||B||Major 6th|
|7: Leading Tone||C♯||Major 7th|
|1: Octave/Tonic||D||Perfect 8th|
Popular Songs in the Key of D Major
- Twist and Shout by The Beatles
- Hotel California by The Eagles
- Harvest Moon by Neil Young
- Wake Me Up by Avicii
- Money by Pink Floyd
- One More Time by Daft Punk
- Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
- Where the Streets Have No Name by U2
- Loser by Beck
- Jeremy by Pearl Jam
- Lithium by Nirvana
- Under Pressure by Queen
- Higher by Creed
Major scale formula
🔧 The major scales are constructed using this note pattern:
W = Whole step H = Half step
go to a different major or minor scale:
C majorC♯ majorD♭ majorE♭ majorE majorF majorF♯ majorG♭ majorG majorA♭ majorA majorB♭ majorB majorC♭ major
C minor C♯ minor D♭ minorD minorD♯ minorE♭ minorE minorF minorF♯ minorG minorG♯ minorA♭ minorA minorA♯ minorB♭ minorB minor
The piano samples used for this D major scale reference are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.
The drum samples used here are from “ Mailbox Badger : Public Domain Drum Samples : Vol. 2 ”by Mailbox Badger/Patrick Callan, licensed under CC BY 3.0.
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