Chords in the key of D Major

Let’s start with viewing the notes that appear in D Major scale. And then we move on to the primary and secondary chords of D Major. Giving a scale degree number to each note, we get:

D E F# G A B C# D
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

Here is the overview of chords for your own reference. You can check various kinds of chords and triads here in this article. Now, coming the the primary and secondary chords:

Primary Triads (Chords) in the Key of D Major

The primary triads are formed on the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the scale. Below are all the primary triads of D Major.

  • Chord I- D Major: D F# A

D Major Chord

  • Chord IV- G Major: G B D

G Major Chord

  • Chord V- A Major: A C# E

A Major Chord

Since this is a major scale, each triad in this will also be a Major.

Secondary Triads (Chords) in the Key of D Major

Now let’s move on to the secondary triads. These are formed on 2nd, 3rd and 6th notes of the scale. All the 3 chords here will be the minor chords.

  • Chord ii- E Minor: E G B

E Minor Chord

  • Chord iii- F# Minor: F# A C#

F# Minor Chord

  • Chord vi- B Minor: B D F#

B Minor Chord

Chord 6 is the tonic of D Major’s relative minor — B Minor.

  • Chord vii° – C# diminished: C# E G

We also build a chord on the 7th note of the scale. And this will produce a diminished chord.

Extended Chords

Using all the notes of D Major, we can also build four-note seventh chords. Below are the seventh chords:

  • D Major 7th: D F# A C#
  • E Minor 7thE G B D
  • F# Minor 7th: F# A C# E
  • G Major 7th: G B D F#
  • A Dominant 7th (C7): A C# E G
  • B minor 7th: B D F# A
  • C# minor 7th Flat 5th (Em7b5): C# E G B

More Chords in different Keys:

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