D Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of D Major

    💪 Here's a strong D major scale reference which shows the notes and finger position on the piano keyboard. You'll also find the intervals and scale degrees that make up the D major scale.

    Plus, an interactive tool to play D major diatonic chords and a list of common chord progressions in the key of D major.

    🎸 You'll also find the D major scale on the guitar fretboard, with the notes, intervals or scale degrees, plus a way to highlight the scale at different positions on the fretboard using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system.

    → go to all major & minor scales

    The notes of the D major scale are D, E, F, G, A, B and C

    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
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    D
    E
    F♯
    B
    G
    C♯
    A
    D
    D
    G
    E
    A
    F♯
    B
    C♯
    D

    left hand

    right hand

    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:

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    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):

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    Chords in the key of D major
    (D major diatonic chords)

    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.

    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:

    I D maj
    IV G maj
    V A maj
    I D maj
    vi B min
    ii E min
    V A maj
    vi B min
    IV G maj
    I D maj
    V A maj
    I D maj
    iii F min
    IV G maj
    V A maj
    I D maj
    IV G maj
    vi C min
    V A maj
    ii E min
    V A maj
    I D maj
    I D maj
    vi B min
    IV G maj
    V A maj
    I D maj
    IV G maj
    ii E min
    V A maj
    iii F min
    vi B min
    ii E min
    V A maj
    I D maj
    V A maj
    vi B min
    IV G maj
    I D maj
    IV G maj
    V A maj
    I D maj
    I D maj
    V A maj
    ii E min
    iii F min

    Toggle D major scale intervals & scale degrees

    degrees notes intervals
    1: Tonic D Unison
    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-W-H-W-W-W-H
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    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


    piano samples

    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.

    drum samples

    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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