D Major Scale it starts and ends with D. The relative minor of D Major is B minor. Both of these keys have F# and C#.
D Major Key Signature
Here’s the key signature for D Major – F# and C#.
Notes in the Scale of D Major
When we play a scale, we usually start off with an ascending scale (the notes get higher), followed by descending scale (the notes get lower).
Ascending scale of D Major: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
Descending scale of D Major: D. C#, B, A, G, F#, E, D
Degrees of the Scale
Degrees of the scale refers to the number we assign to each note of a scale. When we are assigning degrees of a scale, we look at the scale in ascending order. Here are the notes for the various degrees of the D Major scale:
1st degree: D
2nd degree: E
3rd degree: F#
4th degree: G
5th degree: A
6th degree: B
7th degree: C#
Technical Names of Notes in D Major
Instead of using the degree of the scale, we can also use technical names of notes.
tonic – D
supertonic – E
mediant – F#
subdominant – G
dominant – A
submediant – B
leading note – C#
Semitones and Tones
In all major scales, they follow this:
|Pairs of notes||Tone or semitone apart?|
|1st -> 2nd||tone|
|2nd -> 3rd||tone|
|3rd -> 4th||semitone|
|4th -> 5th||tone|
|5th -> 6th||tone|
|6th -> 7th||tone|
|7th -> 8th||semitone|
Most adjacent pairs of notes in the major scale are a tone apart, except for the 3rd to 4th note, and the 7th to the 8th note. This doesn’t apply just to D Major scale, but for ALL major scales. By knowing the distance between the notes in a Major scale, we can form any major scale even if we do not know its key signature.
In this case, the semitones are found here:
- From F# to G (3rd to 4th note)
- From C# to D (7th to 8th note)
D Major on different clefs.
Here’s how the D Major scales look like in treble clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the D Major scales look like in bass clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the D Major scales look like in alto clef.
Here’s how the D Major scales look like in tenor clef (without key signature).
How to play the D Major scale on the piano
The fingerings for the right hand part of the D Major scale are:
D -1/5 (use the 5th finger only for the highest D of the scale)
E – 2
The fingerings for the left hand part of the D Major scale are:
D- 1/5 (use 5th finger for the lowest note of the scale, the rest of the Ds should be played with the 1st finger or thumb )
E – 4
F# – 3
G – 2
B – 3
C# – 2