D# Guitar Chord For Beginners

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

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.
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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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