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Chords in the Key of D: How to Play D, G, A, and Bm

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This is the 3rd lesson in my basics of guitar series. In the first lesson, we learned how to hold the guitar, how to read chord diagrams, and how to play our first chord, the D chord. The second lesson covered the main chords used in the key of G: G, C, D, and Em, and the third lesson covered chords in the key of A.

In this lesson, you’ll learn the four most used chords in the key of D: the D chord, the A chord, the G chord, and the Bm chord.

Chord diagrams

The D chord

You can also remove your 2nd finger, leaving the high E string open. This would be a D2

The A chord

To play an A2 (similar to a D2), play it like this:

G chord

To play a ‘proper’ G major chord, leave the B string open. Either chord will sound fine when playing in this key, though.

Bm chord

In this lesson, I’m illustrating three (technically four) ways to play a Bm. The first is the traditional barre chord version:

Alternatively, you can play one of these open variaitons:

Songs using these chords:

You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham

7 Responses to Chords in the Key of D: How to Play D, G, A, and Bm

  1. Tito Espirnal Jul 31, 2012 at 5:32 am #


  2. Kat May 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    Thank you very much. Very helpful in just starting out.

    • Brian May 12, 2016 at 10:19 am #

      Good luck, Kat!

  3. Brian Oct 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Wow Brian! Thank you so much for discussing the different forms of holding a Bm that you have taught us. I find it difficult to hold the Bar chord for a Bm mostly when I’m changing different chords very fast. I personally have benefitted a lot from your lessons. Thanks

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

      Thanks Brian – that Bm can be tricky when you’re just starting out.

  4. Thomas Nov 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    waw have been following your tutorials, great lessons for beginers like me.
    Thanks A lot.

    • Brian Jan 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks, Thomas!

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