D# Guitar Chord For Beginners

Want to learn how to play the D# guitar chord? You’re in the right place.

D# Guitar Chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 4 awesome ways to play a D# guitar chord.
  • The no1 secret to learning guitar chords quickly.
  • 3 guitar hacks which will boost your guitar progress.

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What is a D# guitar chord?

A D# guitar chord is a ‘D# major chord’.

If you see the word ‘minor’ or a small ‘m’ in a chord, this means that the chord is minor.

If there is nothing written after the chord, this ALWAYS means that the chord is major.

Here are a few examples of how you may see a major chord written, for this example we’ve used the key of D#.

  • D# Major Chord
  • D# Chord
  • D# Guitar Chord

For today’s lesson we’re going to refer to the D# major chord as a ‘D# Guitar Chord’.

How do I play a D# Guitar Chord?

The two most common ways to play a D# guitar chord are:

  • D# Guitar Chord (E Shape Barre Chord)
  • D# Guitar Chord (A Shape Barre Chord)

To play these chords you must know how to barre chords. To learn how to do this, watch this video:

D# Guitar Chord (E Shape Barre Chord)

The reason we refer to this chord as the ‘E shape’ is because the core of this chord is based on a E major chord shape.

To learn a open E chord, go here: How To Play An E Chord

Barre chords are tricky, so don’t worry if you can’t play this chord straight away.

D# Chord

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  • Barre your 1st finger across the 11th fret.
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 13th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 13th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 12th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)

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D# Guitar Chord (A Shape Barre Chord)

This D# chord is often referred to as the ‘A shape’ because this chord is based on a standard A major chord.

To learn an A major chord, go here: How To Play An A Chord

 

D# Chord

  • Fret your 1st finger on the 6th fret of the A string (5th string) to the high E string (1st string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 8th fret on the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret on the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 8th fret on the B string. (2nd string.)

These chords are diffcult, so don’t worry if you can’t play these straight away. We’re going to show you 4 easy ways to play the D# chord.

D# Guitar Chord Easy Version 1

The first D# chord we’re going to learn is perfect for beginners, here’s why:

  • It uses 3 fingers.
  • It’s easy to move around the fret board.
  • This chords sounds pretty, perfect for adding texture to a song.

D# Guitar Chord Easy

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 8th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)

The hardest part about strumming this chord, is skipping the lower strings. To learn how to skip strings whilst strumming, go here: How To Skip Strings Whilst Strumming

D# Guitar Chord Easy Version 2

This D# chord has a top end sparkle like no other. Let’s learn it.

This chord is the EXACT same shape as a D chord. If you already know how to play a D chord, move it up to the 3rd fret.

To learn how to play a D chord, go here: Easy Ways To Play The D Chord

D# Guitar Chord

  • Place your 1st finger on the 3rd fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 3rd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)

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D# Guitar Chord Easy Version 3

This chord is one of the easiest ways to play a D# chord.

Here’s why:

  • It only uses two fingers.
  • You only have to pluck three strings.
  • It has a deep round sound, perfect for creating tension.

D# Chord

  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 1st fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Make sure you let the G string ring out!

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D# Guitar Chord Easy Version 4

The final version of this chord breaches the gap between stepping-stone chords and barre chords.

If you find some of the earlier chords too easy, this chord is perfect for you.

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  • Place your 2nd finger on the 8th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 8th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 6th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)

As you can see, this chord use far more fingers than the previous versions. It’s great for practicing your dexterity and technique.

Why should I learn easy versions of chords?

Learning easy versions of chords is the best way to boost your guitar progress.

By learning easier versions first, you’re gradually developing your dexterity and technique.

By the time you learn more advanced chords, they will feel super-easy.

The best way to learn guitar chords is to learn stepping-stone chords first, and then when you feel ready ‘graduate’ to more advanced guitar chords.

To learn ‘stepping stone chords’ go here:

14 Easy Beginner Guitar Chords

How To Play Guitar Chords

D# chord

What’s the secret to learning chords quickly?

Here’s a quick chord hack you can use to learn chords quickly and effectively.

Everytime you learn a new chord, squeeze your fretting hand.

This triggers your muscle memory. When you squeeze your hand, you’re teaching your hand to remember the chord.

However, be careful. Make sure that you play the chord correctly, otherwise you will be teaching your hand to remember the wrong chord.

Repetition is key to learning chords quickly, so repeat this hack as many times as possible!

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