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HOW TO PLAY THE D CHORD ON THE GUITAR

This is it, this is the D chord. Learn How To Play the D Chord today with this feature article.


What we are going to do, when we learn a new chord, what we’ll always going to do is we are going to one finger at a time.

We start always with our first finger, then the second finger then the third and so on, until we used up all the fingers you have :)

So what I want you to do now is to check out that guitar neck diagram which is probably showing in the video right now.

d-chord-diagramWe are going to place our first finger now
The first finger goes in the 3rd string, on the second fret. (third string being the third one from the bottom of the neck.. 1, 2, 3.. or the 3rd skinniest string)

(Fret: – is the metal thing across the neck. The double line from the diagram is the nut and the next horizontal single line below it is the first fret.. Second one is the second fret and so on…)

So the first position will be right here where you are watching it right now..

TIP: … I would recommend and you should always keep in mind to place your fingers right behind the fret and not in the middle of the far side of the fret space.

Fairly close to the fret, just behind it.. not on top of it since it will damp or mute out the sound..
The reason for this is to make

TIP: Use the tip of the finger and not to ‘lie down’ your finger as you fret the strings. Again, this will be much stronger.

The second one you will notice is that its in teh same fret as the first finger but this time its on the first string, the E string. That’s the thinnest string of the guitar.

Now the last one, third finger. The string in between the other two strings that we already did. The third finger is on the third fret.

Try to put your fingers in the right position right in the beginning. Those string with an ‘x’ on the top of the string, it should not be played.

The D Chords starts with the open 4rth string and of course that open note is the D note. We strung from that string down to the first string. The top two, thickest strings are not played on a D chord (unless the song requires a different bass note for the D chord).

Common Problems for Beginner on the D Chord

D Chord GuitarHere are a couple of problems that a beginner guitarist might experience when practicing the D chord

  • Dead strings – first 3 strings from the bottom are all ‘dead’. This is because the fingers are not used to putting enough pressure to make the strings ring out. This can be solved by consistent practicing. (Note: Do not over do it. If it hurts your fingers, STOP! Take a rest a try again in a later time)
  • The D string (open) is dead – The most probably cause for this is the index or first finger is touching the  string above it – which is the D string.
  • The G string (where the first finger is pressed) is dead – Like in the case of the D string, the third finger in the B string is probably damping the G string preventing to ring out.
  • Buzzy Strings – You are probably fretting far from the fret. Remember, you should use the tip of your finger and place it just behind the fret. Putting it away from the fret will lose some power and will create a buzzing sound specially for a beginner.

It is definitely worth your while to spend some time perfecting the sound of the chord. You can strum the four fingers and then pluck and let each note of the string ring out. Doing this will make your D chord sound really really cool.

TIP: For a beginner it is recommended to place you thumb behind the neck. This will give you more power to press down on those strings with your three fingers. Eventually, a s you become more experience, you will noticed that the thumb will most of the time sits at the top of the neck, near the low E strings.

There you go! If you are able to play that 4 strings clearly you nailed the D strings. Continue practicing the chord and be familiar with its form (HINT: It is shaped like a triangle of the capital letter “D”, right?)