D Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

The D Major scale contains two sharps – F# and C#.

The notes in the key of D are as follows:

D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#

If you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the D major scale is effectively the same scale as the D ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat D ionian and D major as an identical scale.

If you are unsure of what a major scale or ionian mode is, please read the post, what is a major scale?

Positions On The Guitar:

The open position of the D Major scale looks like this:

D Major Scale Open Position Frets

D Major Scale Open Position Notes

As with all Major scales on the guitar, there are 5 main shapes that can be used to play the D Major Scale:

The first one is in the 2nd position (the lowest fret is fret 2)

D Major Scale 2nd Position Frets

D Major Scale 2nd Position Notes

The next one is in the 3rd position (the lowest fret is fret 3)

D Major Scale 3rd Position Frets

D Major Scale 3rd Position Notes

The next one is in the 6th position (the lowest fret is fret 6)

D Major Scale 6th Position Frets

D Major Scale 6th Position Notes

The next one is in the 9th position (the lowest fret is fret 9)

D Major Scale 9th Position Frets

D Major Scale 9th Position Notes

The next one is in the 10th position (the lowest fret is fret 10)

D Major Scale 10th Position Frets

D Major Scale 10th Position Notes

There are all the D Major scale positions on the fretboard. D is another good scale to get familiar with as many songs that are written on guitar are played in the key of D. This is most likely because the key of D contains a lot of chords that can be played in the open position on the guitar. For example, many songs use the 3 chords – D, G and A.

For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.

Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.

Here are the 7 modes in the key of C Major:


 

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