The D# chord (D sharp Major) is enharmonically the same as the Eb Major chord. The Eb chord gets referred to more often than the D# sharp chord, partly because the notes in the key of D# are a bit confusing. For example, the D# chord contains the notes D#, Fx (F double sharp) and A#.

The Fx in the D# chord is the same as the note G. Since G can be played as an open string on the guitar, it might seem like the chord itself could be played as an open chord. However, there are no practical or useful ways of playing D# as an open chord. Instead, the most common way to play D# is as a root 5 bar chord, starting on the 6th fret.

Some Quick D# Chord Theory

  • The D# Major chord contains the notes D#, Fx and A#.
  • The D# chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), 3rd and 5th notes of the D# Major scale.
  • The D# chord (just like all Major chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): Major 3rd, minor 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • The D# chord is the first chord in the key of D# Major. The seven chords in the key of D# Major are: D#, E#m, Fxm, G#, A#, B#m, Cx diminished. 

10 Ways To Play The D# Major Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for D#, here they are.

D# Major Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading