Discover The D Major Scale

The D major scale is good for acoustic guitars because all of the open strings work in this scale. It has two sharps in it the F and C notes.

The open strings.

6th string E which can be a 2 or 9

The 5th string which is the 5th

The 4th which is the root note

The 4rd string which is a 4th

The 2nd string which is a 6 the relative minor note

The 1st string which is a 2 or 9 just like the 6th string.

This scale is made from last tetra-chord in G major and the first tetra-chord in the A major scale.

You will see the same notes and chords in the keys of D, G and A major scales.

D Major Scale PDF

The D Scale Construction

D Scale Tetra-Chords

A tetra-chord is four adjacent notes having a whole tone interval between the first 3 notes and a half tone interval between the 3rd and 4th note. Each major scale has two tetra-chords in it.

The first one comes from the last G major scale tetra-chord and the second one comes from the first A major scale tetra-chord.


1st Tetrachord


2nd Tetrachord


D Major Scale Numbers

All major scales have numbers and note names for easy identification. This makes it possible to refer to all scales and chords no matter what key you are in.

The chords are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case is for major chords and lower case is for minor and diminished chord forms.

D Major Notation-Tab

D Major Chords

D Major Chord Diagrams

D Major Key signature

This is how the first bar in sheet music looks like when you’re in the key of D. The sharp symbol is over the F line and C space in the music staff.

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Songs can have other flats or sharps in it but they get marked on the staff next to the note. Every note in the F and C position in the music staff will be sharp but not marked except by the key signature in the beginning of the sheet music.

This keeps it easier to read as we get more flats or sharps in a key.

Major Key


Key Signature

Rel Minor


F♯, C♯


Staff Line-Space Names

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