Music Guide #2 – The Key Of D Major

Chords In The Key Of D Major

What are the chords in the key of D major?

Before we answer this question fully, let’s take a look at the D major scale. The notes of the D major scale are D E F# G A B C#. The chords in the key of D major are named after these seven notes. Also, the notes of each chord are limited to these notes.

The pattern for naming major chords in every key is Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished.

Take a look at the triads and four note chords (with sevenths) in D major.

The triads in this key are D major, E minor, F# minor, G major, A major, B minor, and C# diminished.

The four note chords are D major seventh, E minor seventh, F# minor seventh, G major seventh, A dominant seventh, B minor seventh, and C# minor seventh flat five. In terms of the keys played on your instrument, C#m7b5 is the same as C# half diminished.

Numerals indicate each chord’s position in the scale. Numerals for major chords are capitalized while minor and diminished chords are lower case.

  • 1– D major, D major seventh (Dmaj, Dmaj7)
  • 2 – E minor, E minor seventh (Em, Em7)
  • 3 – F# minor, F# minor seventh (F#m, F#m7)
  • 4 – G major, G major seventh (G, Gmaj 7)
  • 5 – A major, A dominant seventh (A, A7)
  • 6 – B minor, B minor seventh (Bm, Bm7)
  • 7 – C# diminished, C# minor seventh flat five (C#°, C#m7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of D Major

D major

D major (or the key of D) is a major scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F♯, G, A, B, and C♯. Its key signature consists of two sharps. Its relative minor is B minor and its parallel minor is D minor.

Relative key: B minor

Parallel key: D minor

Dominant key: A major

Subdominant: G major

Component pitches

D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯

B minor

B minor is a minor scale based on B, consisting of the pitches B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, and A. Its key signature consists of two sharps. Its relative major is D major and its parallel major is B major.

Relative key: D major

Parallel key: B major

Dominant key: F-sharp minor

Subdominant: E minor

Component pitches

B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, A


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