D Major Scale:
The D Major Scale has 2 sharps: F# and C#. It is the third major key in music as shown in the Circle of Fifths.
- Memorize the degrees that make up the D Major Scale
- To learn how to play the D Major Scale in 1st Position
- To train your ear so that you are able to associate the tones of the D Major Scale with the D Major chord
- Practice playing the scale forward and backward. Use both fingerings (open B and fretted B).
- Say the name of each degree of the scale out-loud as you play.
- Make sure to leave your finger down long enough to give each note their full value.
- Incorporate all the scales you’ve learned so far into your daily warm-up session.
- Use the correct finger on each fret.
Remember… Major scales move in the order of sharps. In other words, the C major scale has zero sharps, G has one sharp, D has two sharps, and so on. You’ll see the number of sharps for each scale written on the left side of the staff above the tab. This is called a Key Signature.
The new sharp for the next key always comes in at the 7th degree of the scale. The sharp from the previous key is retained, but shifts to the 3rd degree of the new scale. Study the diagram below to gain a better understanding of how sharps are added when moving to the next key…
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