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How to play the D Chord on Guitar - Beginners Level 2 Lesson 1

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Hi guys! In this lesson we're covering how to play the D major chord (on guitar!)

This is one of the basic Open Chords that is essential for beginners and is used in so many songs

But, we can actually learn a song before you cover this chord

So if you haven't got a song covered already I'll check my website and check out how to

play a song with the chords E & the A chord, that's the first song that is on my

website as part of my beginner's course

This is how to play the D major chord

So, for the D major chord we have our first finger on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string

and that finger needs to be right on the tip, but it can be handy

to have your finger on an angle and your hand on an angle so your finger is

essentially pointing towards you, or towards your strumming hand shoulder

That means that the middle finger will sit quite comfortably directly

underneath it, but on the first string. So, same fret (2nd fret) but on the 1st string, the thinnest string

Then we can extend the 3rd finger and it can reach

hopefully quite comfortably to the third fret of the second string and we

create this triangle shape which is the D chord. If you try and make this chord with

the fingers parallel to the frets going straight down you may find this chord

quite uncomfortable and it can be tricky so we want to move your fingers on an

angle and have your thumb just creeping over the top

ever so slightly of the fret board, and (place) fingers 1, 2, 3 and then we would strum, ideally

from the D string so E A D, our thicker 3 strings are (the same as) our first 3 chords (in this course) E A & D.

And we strum, from that D string

You can pick each individual string

to make sure they're ringing out and if any one (string) doesn't (ring out) you know that that finger

that isn't pressing down hard enough or more likely it's just not over this

side of the fret enough it's maybe over this side and you're actually if you're

over this side of the fret you have to press down far harder, especially on acoustic guitar

than you need to, to get it ringing out if you're at this side.

You've probably already got big lines in your fingers from having a go at these basic chords so

let's try and prevent as much as we can and be at this side of the fret, not over

here, and be on this angle to make that stretch as comfortable as possible.

This is how that D Chord would look in a diagram and we can see we've got those

two little crosses for the thickest rings which means we don't want to

strum them. Now, practically in songs when we're trying to miss those thickest

two strings, every now and again the fifth string (the A string) can ring out

and that's not bad at all, that can be entirely fine if we listen to it

strumming from string 5

that sounds fine because that note is part of an A chord, but it sounds

definitely bad if we strum the thickest E string

with this D chord- so you don't want to do that at all. We wanna ideally strum from string 4

but if string five rings out too thats okay

You just want to be missing that with your pick for the time being

So that's how to play our 3rd Chord - the D major - and in the next lesson in this

series we're gonna be covering how to change between the E A and the D chord

which are the three chords that I've covered in my beginner's course if

you're not aware of that beginners course it's at

we've got loads of songs that we can play with E A & D - nice and easy songs but some

great ones in there- that are very entertaining to play and sound great so make sure you

check out this next lesson of how to change between these chords and I'll see you there!

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