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In this short video I present to you the key of D major. I present to you a plethora of guitar chords that you can come up with on your own simply by knowing the notes of the D major scale.

The guitar chords that you can come up with are all up to you, you don’t have to know a bunch of music theory but you do have to know your guitar neck and you have to know the scale.

All you do after that is add notes from the scale to the chords that you already know, for example a D major chord everybody knows.

What if you add the low E and the low A strings open? Does this make it a chord still? Absolutely it does! Is that chord in the Key of D Major in the key of D major? It absolutely is! And so are a bunch of other chords.

In fact, you can play all of the chords in the key of D major on the top four strings while keeping the low E string and the low A string open as pedal tones. This will cause dissonance but dissonance is cool. Dissonance produces tension in the body. Music…is tension and release. Therefore you already have tension in your chords which is good for describing tense emotions which we all go through.

In the previous chord you have an E an A a D another A another D and an F sharp. All of these notes are in the key of D major. They are part of the D major scale. The scale is everything. It is the parent of the chords and of the arpeggios and of the melodies. The scale came first and then came the chords. Back in the day there were no chords. You had 2 and 3 people singing different notes to create harmony. Later on someone said OK let’s call this chords. And chords were born …and how cool they are!!!

If you know your D barre chord on the fifth string if you hold all the strings down from the fourth string on the seventh fret down you have a D6 chord.

If you leave the high E string open you have a Dadd9 chord.

The options are seemingly limitless… you only have to explore. A great artist once told me to EXPERIMENT. That’s all she said, she said “experiment” Mike. So I did, and I came up with a great bunch of art pieces. The same goes for Music if you use your brain to come up with chords on your own and become creative, you will surprise yourself and you will be delighted at the chords that you can actually create inside of a key…in this case the key of D major.

Don’t stop here, keep going with other chords and even other scales. Just make a note to do this kind of practice when you work on chords.

(The Best and Most Fun way to Practice Guitar Chords.)

Remember that you must know your neck and the scale.


This concept works in any key.

D Major

The Notes in the D Major Scale are as follows:

D E F# G A B C#

8 Progression Examples

  1. D A Em A7
  2. D F#m Bm A D G A7 D
  3. Em7 Bm A7 D
  4. D F#5 G5 A5 D5
  5. D A G D Em A D
  6. D A Bm A7
  7. D5 A5 B5 A5 D5
  8. D G C#dim F#m Bm Em A7 D


Chords in the Key of D Major



Listening examples 

Prokofiev symphony in D Major

Violin Concertos Mozart (No. 2, 1775, No. 4, 1775)

Assignment: Write out the scale and memorize it. Then write out the scale from each subsequent note. You now have your D Major Scale (Modes). Then play through all the progressions. As you should for all the keys. Remember to study only one key a day. At the end of 24 days you should be back at C Major.


Guitar Chord Options in D Major


Now lets write some more progressions with these new chords. 

D6 A6 Em9 Esus4 A6 A7

Dsus4 A9 Bm9 A7


Now come up with some of your own…

D F#m Bm A D G A7 D

Em7 Bm A7 D

D F#5 G5 A5 D5

D A G D Em A D

D A Bm A7

D5 A5 B5 A5 D5

D G C#dim F#m Bm Em A7 D

Dadd11 Dadd13 Emadd11 Asus2/F# Dadd13



Here are some in the Relative Minor Key

B Minor

The Notes in the B Minor Scale are as follows:

B C# D E F# G A

8 Progression Examples

  1. Bm C#dim F#m Bm
  2. Bm C#dim F#m Bm Em7 Bm7 Em7
  3. C#dim F#m Bm
  4. Bm G Bm G …etc..
  5. Bm Em Em F#m
  6. B5 G5 F#5 B5
  7. B5 D5 E5 F#5 B5 G5 A5 B5
  8. Bm Em A D G C#dim F#m Bm


chord progressions