How To Play a D Chord on Acoustic Guitar
Once student master the two fingered easy D chord, I usually teach students how to play the full D chord using all three fingers. Warning: Many students find the D chord very frustrating because it is very hard to get a clean sound in the beginning. This is especially true for the third finger.
Many students are not able to get the knuckles to fully bend and often play with the third finger at a slightly downward angle.
A muted e string below the third finger. This chord will come with time, but do not be disappointed if you do not get it on the first go.
D Major Chord
The open D Major chord uses fingers 1, 2 and 3 in a triangular pattern. You can see this illustrated below on the chord diagram. The biggest tip I can give you is to try and get each finger as close to the front of the fret as possible.
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Secret Pen Trick
This is a little exercise I teach in my 7 Level Guitar System. It really helps you with understanding spacing underneath the fretboard, but also what you need to do to get that third knuckle to bend properly.