Diatonic Chords of D Major Scale

How to create diatonic chords in D major scale?

D Major Scale

First, let’s look at the D major scale. D – E – F♯ – G – A – B – C♯ – D are the notes of the D major scale.

d major scale

Diatonic chords are created by stacking two generic third notes above each scale note.

d major diatonic chords

D Major Diatonic Chords

These are the seven major scale diatonic chords that come from the D major scale.

d major diatonic chords

Each major scale diatonic chord is labelled with a roman numeral number:

d major diatonic chord names

All major scales follow this same chord quality pattern:

I,  ii,  iii,  IV,  V,  vi, viiº

We use uppercase roman numeral numbers to represent major chords, lowercase to represent minor chords, uppercase with a small plus sign to represent augmented chords, and lowercase with a small circle to represent diminished chords.

First, fourth and fifth chords in major scale will always be major chords. Second, third and sixth chords will always be minor chords. Seventh chord will always be diminished chord.

The seven diatonic chords in the D major key are:

I.  D – F♯ – A (D major chord)

ii.  E – G – B (E minor chord)

iii.  F♯ – A – C♯ (F Sharp minor chord)

IV.  G – B – D (G major chord)

V. A – C♯ – E (A major chord)

vi.  B – D – F♯ (B minor chord)

viiº.  C♯ – E – G (C Sharp diminished chord)

These are the chords that harmonize the D major scale. They are the harmonic chords that are diatonic to the D major scale.

Major Scale Diatonic Chords in All 12 Major Keys

Diatonic Chords of C Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of C Sharp Major Scale / D Flat Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of D Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of E Flat Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of E Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of F Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of F Sharp Major Scale / G Flat Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of G Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of A Flat Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of A Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of B Flat Major Scale
Diatonic Chords of B Major Scale / C Flat Major Scale

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