D Major scale
Like all other major scales, D major scale is composed by this sequence of whole steps and half steps (tones and semitones ):
:1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step
: 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone
Key signature of D major scale
The key signature of D Major has two sharps (2♯).
D Major scale in most common clefs
D Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)
Below is the D major scale in treble clef:
D Major scale in bass clef
Below is the D major scale in bass clef:
D Major scale in alto clef
Below is the D major scale in alto clef:
D Major scale in tenor clef
Below is the D major scale in tenor clef:
Scale degrees of D major
The degrees of D major scale are:
D : degree I (Tonic)
E : degree II (Supertonic)
F♯ : degree III (Mediant)
G : degree IV (Subdominant)
A : degree V (Dominant)
B : degree VI (Submediant)
C♯ : degree VII (Leading Tone)
Closely related keys of D Major
Relative minor key of D Major
The relative minor key of D Major is B minor and below if the B minor natural scale:
Parallel Key of D Major
Leading Tone of D Major
The leading Tone of D Major is C sharp, because C sharp is the degree VII and is distant to a seventh major of the tonic, or an half step (semitone ) lower than the tonic).
Chords of D major scale
Here are triad chords for D Major scale:
Chord I : D Major (Notes: D F♯ A)
Chord II : E minor (Notes: E G B)
Chord III : F♯ minor (Notes: F♯ A C♯)
Chord IV : G Major (Notes: G B D)
Chord V : A Major (Notes: A C♯ E)
Chord VI : B minor (Notes: B D F♯)
Chord VII : C♯ diminished (Notes: C♯ E G)
D major scale on a piano
Below is the D major scale on a piano:
You will notice that only the white piano keys are used. Music notes must be played successively from left to right to obtain the ascending scale, or from right to left for the descending scale.
D major triad chord
The D major triad chord as a root note (D), a major third (D / F sharp) and a perfect fifth (D / A):
And below is the D major triad chord on a piano keyboard:
Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in D major
Here is an Authentic cadence (perfect cadence ) in D major :
D major scale video
Here is a D major video:
D major on the circle of fifths
You can find D major on the circle of fifths and its key signature, relative minor key and closely related keys :
Famous works D major
Here are some works by famous composers composed in D major:
Canon by Pachelbel (1653-1706) is composed using the key of D major, this famous canon is originally composed for three violins with basso continuo.
Aria from suite #3 in D major BWV 1068, J.S. BACH
The Aria in Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068 by J.S. BACH is composed in D major. Here is a free extract recorded in 1954 by the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell (Source, License Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0):
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D Major key signature
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