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.

The result?

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.

Find this website helpful? Click the button to show your support.

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.

Play Video
Scroll to Top