D Major Piano Chord

Root
D
3rd
F#
5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D
F#
A

The Notes in a D Major Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's a D Major chord, the root is D!

The 3rd

The third of a D Major chord is F#. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding F# from D step by step:

  • Start on: D
  • Step 1: move up to Eb
  • Step 2: move up to E
  • Step 3: move up to F
  • Step 4: Land on F#
3rd
F#
Root
D
1
2
3
  • Eb is a minor second above D.
  • E is a major 2nd above D.
  • F is a minor third above D.
  • F# is a major third above D.

The 5th

The fifth of a D Major chord is A. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding A from D step by step:

  • Start on: D
  • Step 1: move down to C#
  • Step 2: move down to C
  • Step 3: move down to B
  • Step 4: move down to Bb
  • Step 5: Land on A
5th
A
Root
D
1
2
3
4
  • C# is a minor second below D.
  • C is a major 2nd below D.
  • B is a minor third below D.
  • Bb is a major third below D.
  • A is a fourth below D. The 5th is down a fourth? Confusing, right? The note A is down 5 half-steps from D, but up 7 half-steps from D:
5th
A
Root
D
1
2
3
4
5
6

The Inversions of D Major

Root Position

Root
D
3rd
F#
5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D
F#
A

1st Inversion

3rd
F#
5th
A
Root
D
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F#
A
D

2nd Inversion

5th
A
Root
D
3rd
F#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
D
F#

Other Major Chords

C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#, Ab, A, A#, Bb, B

See all major chords

Other D Chords