D Major Scale

D Major Scale starts on the note D and has 2 sharps in its form. Here are the notes which build up our D Major Scale:

D E F# G A B C# D

Diagrammatically, it is represented as below. Practice this scale in both ascending and descending orders before moving on to any other scale.

D Major Scale – Intervals & Degrees

Below is the division of various notes of D Major scale in intervals and degrees.

  • Tonic – (tonic)
  • Major 2nd – (supertonic)
  • Major 3rd – F# (mediant)
  • Perfect 4th – (subdominant)
  • Perfect 5th – (dominant)
  • Major 6th – (submediant)
  • Major 7th – C# (leading tone)
  • Perfect 8th – D (octave)

Fingering this scale

  • Left Hand: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1
  • Right Hand: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Begin playing the scale with the thumb if you are right-handed, and the last finger if you are left-handed.