The D Major Scale and Chords

Scales and chords are so important when it comes to playing music. This especially true for the piano and guitar. When you learn them, you can play almost any tune that you hear on the radio.

Everyone should learn their scales, the I, IV, and V or V7 chords for all the scales and the proper fingering.

Today we are going to look at the D scale for the piano.

First let’s look at the make-up of the D scale.


All major scales are made up with the same pattern:


The above video is using an exercise from one of my favorite method books: Piano Adventures, and is from Lesson Book 3 A. This D scale is given a little rhythm to make it more interesting.

The Chords of The Key of D

The chords are what is going to give color to the key. These are so important when it comes to playing a song. Did you know that most music is made up mainly three or four chords? You can play almost any song if you know the basic three or four chords.

Music Lessons California - Chord Pattern for the Key of D

The I – IV- V Chord Pattern for the Key of D

All you need to do is start with the first note of the scale: that is number I (one). Count up to four and that puts us at G for our IV (four) chord add one more and that will put you at A the V (five) chord.

Music Lessons California - D-G-A Chords for the Key of D

D-G-A Chords for the Key of D

Here are the notes that will make up the chords.

Watch the video below to play a chord review.

It is very important to learn to switch from one chord to another quickly and smoothly.

Today’s Tip

Switching chords for both the piano and the guitar:

  1. Start off by playing the chords 8 times each in a slow steady rhythm.
  2. Then switch to the next chord. Play it 8 times before switching to the third chord.
  3. After you are able to switch smoothly between the chords after 8 plays then switch to playing the chords only 4 times.
  4. Then play the chords only 2 times before the switch.
  5. Finally, only play the chord 1 time and then switch to the next one.

You want to do this until you are switching quickly and smoothly from one chord to the next.


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