Beginner Guitar Chords 1 – The D Major Chord

Learn this basic beginners guitar chord; the D major chord in open position. For more FREE guitar lessons, subscribe to my YouTube channel here: http://www.y…

A simple guide to chord theory on the guitar, using the D major scale as a basis for creating chords from notes of the scale. No guitar playing in this video…

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29 Responses to “Beginner Guitar Chords 1 – The D Major Chord”

  • Mark TheGuitarGuy:

    Sure. Visual strumming aids like arrows would be sooo cool. I’m just not quite there as far as technical stuff like graphics go. I have some great help from some geeky friends of mine with names like Eugene…that can help I hope. As things progress, I’m sure you’ll see improvements like that,

  • Redsun Kunwar:

    HIII Maark… your videos are nice easy 2 learn bt plz mention also a when u storm up n down gives a arrow n chord name n diagram to show chord point string …………tx

  • Mark TheGuitarGuy:

    I think we need all the help and inspiration we can get:)

  • skydiamondlucy:

    Thanks Mark, really appreciate you breaking these down for us.

  • Will Fly:

    Glad to be of service! I always try to look at these things from the viewpoint of a complete novice and ask myself the question, “How would I like to be shown this?” Mostly, that approach seems to work… :-)

  • billydyet:

    I’ve been playing for years. Looked through many books including the entire collection of the RGT acoustic graded books from initial to grade 8 playing and nothing nor no one has explained chord construction like you have. Will take some time to absorb but very very well explained in a theoretical way that be understood. Thanks very much

  • Nona Jones:

    Excellent! Thank you!

  • Jamie Berryhill:

    Excellent explanation! Very helpful!

  • James Lodge:

    Fantastic video. Just what I was looking for.

  • Andrew Moseley:

    But building chords on a guitar using musical theory will take me a while. I still need to memorize the notes on the guitar.

  • Andrew Moseley:

    I love musical theory, I used it to teach myself how to build chords on a piano. Once I got the rules down, I taught myself how to play.

  • MoonGolie:

    This is simply Great! – I would vote this as one of the first lessons beginners should study. Thanks for posting.

  • Marc Simm:

    ugh nevermind the b string is not open either…

  • Marc Simm:

    my mistake I meant that the b string is open. But my question stands either way. For a major chord the formula is to play a triad by using the 1st 3rd and 5th note in the given scale, yet in many cases you are playing more notes than that (as is done in a C chord where you play notes that are not even in the triad like the open b string). I apologize if my terminology makes this confusing. My question is basically why do you not mute the strings that are not in the chord construction?

  • Will Fly:

    Not quite sure what you mean here. The C chord, in root position, doesn’t have an open D – the 4th (D) string would be fretted on the 2nd fret to make the E note. (There’s no C chord in the video – just an opening demonstration of the 8 notes of a C major scale). Where you have multiple choices of where to sound the same note, you’ll be led perhaps by the melody line, or chord sequences or ease of fingering.

  • Marc Simm:

    I understand the rules for building chords, but why can you just leave in certain open strings for certain chords? For example the C major chord uses c,e, and g, but the top e string and the d string are both open. What are the rules for these circumstances?

  • Edward Soto:

    this is kinda hard

  • Tom Laak:

    Thank you, Dr. 

  • Zachary Zeke:

    Finally someone speaking my language! Thanks for the video!

  • okability1:

    dude im just scratching my head during the whole video..

  • Will Fly:

    Understood. There’s no absolute formula here. Just find the combination of notes that suit the fingering and the stretch of your fingers. No point, for example, in picking out a pattern where there’s a huge stretch between the fingers – choose appropriate notes that make the chord… :-)

  • cffgamboa:

    Found your lesson to be extremely useful and enlightening, but I am having difficulty understanding how chords with extensions are built on the guitar, aside from their formula. Which notes are duplicated (ie 1st, 3rd, 5th or sometimes 8th)? When is one to usethe high 3rd or low 3rd (or 5th)? Thanks once again.

  • JohnDavis45:

    Thanks for posting, I think this may well help me if I watch it enough times!! If it were slower giving more time to absorb the info….twood have been better from this end, and if I do eventually grasp it ….I have to transfer the info to my fretboard that is different to yours :(

  • Roi Amkies:

    Thank you, you’r a great teacher!!

  • Jar0mir:

    go to your account settings and click on playback setup, then turn on “always show automatic captions” for fun in all kinds of videos; its NEVER right

  • Will Fly:

    Good grief – I didn’t know such things as automatic audio captions existed! :-) 

  • Jar0mir:

    no, thats what automatic automatic audio captions said (dunno why i have that turned on)

  • Will Fly:

    I think your hearing must be defective….

  • Jar0mir:

    audio captions made me lol 1:03 c shop, 1:07 and can also be called d flaps so in this kind of see these black notes have two names