How to Play Key D on a Guitar

We have already talked about how to play the guitar chords and Key C. Now we are going to learn how to play Key D.

Let’s get started here

THE CHORDS OF KEY D MAJOR

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As I mentioned earlier, every major key has its own accompanying chords. In the same way, every song is played on one major key that has several ACCOMPANYING chords.

This is how to play key D Major

The accompanying chords are D-G-A. The song can be played with these three major chords. Depending on the song, minor chords can also be employed.

Key D Major

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How do we play key D Major? Hold string 3 with finger number 1 on fret 2, string 1 with finger number 2 on fret 2, and then string 3 with finger number 3 on fret 3 as shown in the diagram. It is exciting to play This key because you concentrate on the first three strings unlike other keys like Key G whereby by you have to skip many strings between string 1 and 6.

Key G Major

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To play this Chord, You hold string 6 with finger number 2 on fret 3, string 5 with finger number 3 on fret 2 and string 1 with finger number 4 on fret 3 as shown in the diagram. Some other people will prefer holding Key G differently: String 6, with finger number 3 on fret 3, string 5 with finger number 1 on fret 2 and string 1 with finger number 2 on fret 3.

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Some other people will prefer holding Key G differently: String 6, with finger number 3 on fret 3, string 5 with finger number 1 on fret 2 and string 1 with finger number 2 on fret 3. See below.

Both ways are recommended. The most important thing here is to know how to play your guitar in the right way. Personally, I use the first format because it trains finger number 4 to become active. Remember, as you progress more in playing the guitar, you will still need this finger so it is advantageous if you train it being active early.

Key A Major

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This is also another exciting key to play. To play this key, you hold string 4 with finger number 1 on fret 2, string 3 with finger number 3 on fret 2 and string 2 with finger number 3 on fret 2 and lastly string 2 with finger number 3 on fret 2.

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If you are lazy enough, you can have either finger 1 or 3 hold all the three strings. I don’t recommend this format because it makes your fingers sluggish. In some songs, you will employ all the four fingers in playing Key A with its minor keys. The earlier you train your fingers being active, the better.