D Major Chord
Any chord is simply a group of notes played together within a certain scale of music.
So if we are using the Major Scale, then a Major Chord would simply be the Root, the Major 3rd & the Perfect 5th in the major scale we are using. This is also known as a triad, tri meaning 3 notes.
Since the D Major scale consists of the notes;
D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D, the D Chord consists of the notes D (root), F# (major third) & A (perfect fifth) from the D Major Scale.
The diagram above shows you the correct fingering for playing the D Chord. It’s important that you know how to read a chord diagram in order to understand how to translate the picture into a real chord on guitar.
There are also other ways to play this chord.
This chord is a extremely common chord in all genre’s of music.
Here’s a great Youtube Video Lesson on playing the basic chord.