D Major Scale

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This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the D Major scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.

Notes of D Major Scale

The D Major Scale contains two sharps, F# and C#.

D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th
NotesDEF#GABC#

Scale Structure

D Major is a major scale and follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W W H W W W H

D major whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the D Major scale.

Position 1

D major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

D major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

D major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

D major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

D major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of D Major

DegreeIiiiiiIVVvivii°
ChordDEmF#mGABmC#dim
Chord NotesD – E – F#E – G – BF# – A – C#G – B – DA – C# – EB – D – F#C# – E – G

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Minor of D Major: B minor | Bm – C#dim – D – Em – F#m – G – A

Parallel Minor of D Major: D minor | Dm – Edim – F – Gm – Am – B♭ – C

Modes

The following are the modes of D Major:

  • D Ionian (Major)
  • E Dorian (Minor)
  • F# Phrygian (Minor)
  • G Lydian (Major)
  • A Mixolydian (Major)
  • B Aeolian (Minor)
  • C# Locrian (Minor)