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Guitar Lesson 5 Key of D

Updated on September 19, 2015

D Major Scale

Playing the key of D Major will give you a very good key to play all kinds of music. The key of D is one of those keys that is made for the guitar. This would be one of the keys that is very happy.We should know the G scale, in lesson 3 we found out it had F# in the Key Signature. Now we will start on the note D on the fourth string, and end on D third fret on the Second B string. Study the scale until you can play each line of the D Scale.

We have three different D scales the first one is written in whole notes. Each note will get 4 counts. The second D scale is written in half notes and each note will get 2 counts. The third D Scale is made up of quarter notes and each note gets 1 count. Study each scale until you can play and recognize each note. Know the difference between each note. Know how long to count each note.

There are physical differences that we can see from each note the whole note has no stem. The half note looks like a whole note but has a stem attached to each note. The quarter note not only has a stem like the half note but the note is filled in a solid.

We must always look into the key signature before playing any piece of music. In the photo we can see that that every F and C is sharp in the D Major scale. When you play the scale makes sure you can play it backward and forward. We use the same 1 - 4 - 5 method to pick out the chords from the D scale. I st degree of the scale gives us the D chord, the forth degree of the scale gives us the G chord which you should already know.

Looking at the D scale we now need to find the notes to each scale. Go back to lesson three and four to review the 1 - 3 - 5 make the D chord take the first note of the scale D, count up three notes and you will get F#, count from D up five on the scale and you will get the note A. This three notes make up the D chord. See, if you can start with the note G and count up 3 and 5, to make the G chord. Make the A 7th chord 1 - 3 - 5 and add the seventh note which is G.

Learning this scale can give you the Key of D and you will be able to play hundreds of songs in this key. Start out with a simple song and see if you can play it in the key of C, G, and D. Any, simple song you know will do. This is a fun exercise and you may surprise yourself at what you can accomplish. If you do not get it the first time, don't beat your brains out trying,but go back a few days later.

Update Sept.19,2015

It is wise to learn lesson 5 completely before you move to lesson six. The D Major Scale is important because it will be used so much in guitar music.

How Many Counts To Each Note?

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The Keys

The four Major keys in the photo should be memorized by the beginning student. We need to play songs in the Key of C, G, D, and then finally A which looking in the signature has 3 sharps, This will make you a well rounded player. Each note on the scale has a certain number of beats, tap your foot for each beat. We start out with whole notes playing the first scale every whole note gets 4 counts. Keeping time is essential to being able to play with other people. When you master it you will have a much more enjoyable lesson.

The second D Scale is half notes and they get 2 counts each. The last scale is the D scale in Quarter notes each getting one count.

In the Circle of Fifths we start with the key of C and count five and get G, count five up and get our D Major scale with two sharps, the last is our next lesson the Key of A on the circle.

On the circle are two enharmonic notes F# and Gb. What does enharmonic mean? Put your finger on F# 1st string, you should be at the 2nd fret,put your finger at the third fret first string to play G, now play Gb move the finger on G one fret toward the nut, Gb should now be at the second fret. The two notes have different names but sound the same or enharmonic.

D Scale Counting

Circle of Fifths
Circle of Fifths | Source
This drawing I made will show the Circle of Fifths
This drawing I made will show the Circle of Fifths | Source


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    stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thank you, I like to make the lesson slow so beginners can follow.

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    Great instructional hub. Your video is great and easy to follow. Thanks for the detail and instructions. This has inspired me to want to learn the guitar. I enjoyed reading this and watching the video.