How To Play D Chord On Ukulele

With the perfect chords, a ukulele can give out some lovely tone. The uke's bounds of moods can vary – from the sentimental moderate jams to the upbeat grooves, depending on the types of chords that are being used. In the songs you know and adore, all the dominant, major, and minor chords have prominent effects and roles. If you are a beginner, it's natural that you start off by knowing how to play D chord on ukulele. Many ukers do. 

Do not fret if you have no clue how to begin. We are there to have your back. With our guide, you will know about the playing techniques of 3 types of D chords. Without delaying any further, let us dive right in!

The Different Kinds of D Ukulele Chord

As we said, people resort to the D chord to initiate their ukulele career, as they are fun and relatively easy to play. What you may be unaware of is that there are various methods to play the same uke chord up and down its neck. You can make several changes to each chord to change the "color" of its sound or the quality.

Selecting the best position to employ for a certain chord during any song is dependent on its nearness to the other chords present in the song. It also depends on the sound you want to obtain. 

While making chord transitions, it is always wise to opt the fingerings that are closest to each other to lessen the time needed to switch from one chord to the other. 

For better performance, keep reading several suggestions from the experts on how to play D chord, alongside the Dm and D7 chords.

How to Play the 3 Ukulele Chords

Here, we will show 5 positions you can employ to play the D uke chord and 3 other positions for the D7 and D minor chord.  

Below, we will dive into further details about the playing techniques of these common D chords.

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The D Major Uke Chord

Generally, ukulele players learn the major D chord in its first position: playing the second fret from its nut.

Put your first finger, one that is named pointer finger, on the 4th string at your second fret. Your second finger, also known as your middle finger, moves on to the 3rd string, which moves to the 2nd string. All converge on the second fret.

Leave your 1st string open and hop on to strum.

Kudos! You have just learned to play the D ukulele chord. To play this same chord, there are 4 more ways. Let's check them out!

  1. Place your finger flat above all the strings on the 2nd fret and your small finger of the 3rd string on the 5th fret away from the uke's nut.
  2. Furthermore, you can place your 1st finger across the two first strings at the 5th fret. The middle finger will go on the 3rd string on the 6th fret, and the next one on the 4th string on the 7th fret. 
  3. Another method is to place your pointer finger on the 6th string at the 5th fret. The middle finger will go on the 3rd string at the 6th fret. Next, you set the third finger on the 7th fret, leaving the 9th fret for your pinky finger to stretch on.
  4. Lastly, this method involves putting your pointer on the 4th string of the 7th fret. Next, you place the second finger on the 3rd string and your pinky on the 1st string of the 8th fret. To end it up, you put your ring finger on the 2nd string at the 9th fret.

The D Minor Uke Chord

Once you have mastered the basic D chord, it is time to move on to the Dm uke chord.

The easiest way to do this is to leave the starting string open, put your first finger on the 2nd string at the 1st fret, and your next fingers on the 3rd and 4th at the second fret consecutively. 

Here are some ways that you can use to play the Dm ukulele chord. 

  1. First, lay your pointer finger above the three starting strings at the 5th fret and put your third finger on the 4th string at the 7th fret. The same fingering can be used for an extra high note.
  2. A slightly more intricate version of this needs to place your pointer on the 4th string at the 7th fret and the next finger on the 1st string at the 8th fret. Next, your third finger is placed on the 3rd string at the 9th fret and your small finger on the 2nd string at the 10th fret.

The D7 Uke Chord

The D7 uke placement adds the 7th note to our D chord and adds a twangy sound to the chord.

The easiest method is to lay your first finger above all strings at the 2nd fret. Next, you place your second finger on the 1st string at the 3rd fret. 

Below are 2 more ways to practice the D7 uke chord:

  • One version needs you to place your first finger on the 3rd string at the 6th fret. Later, place your second finger on the 4th string at the 7th fret. Lastly, you place your ring finger on the 2nd string at the 8th fret. 
  • Another way to play this is by placing your first finger on the 4th string at the 7th fret. The rest follow: the second finger on the 2nd string at the 8th fret, the third one on the 3rd string, and the smallest finger on the 1st string at the 9th fret.

Final Words

That is a wrap for now! The secret to learn all the chords is practicing. Keep playing as much as you can to master all the chords quickly. We hope this article helps you to learn how to play D chord on ukulele. You could look at our other article on How to play B chord on ukulele.  Start strumming now!

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