There are several variances of the D chord, but the simplest one can be played by placing the index finger on the second fret of the third string, the middle finger on the second fret of the first string and the ring finger on the third fret of the second string. In this chord setting, the fifth and the sixth strings are not to be played.
- Place your fingers on the strings
Starting from a normal position, place the index finger on the second fret of the third string. Place the finger right behind the fret for clarity of sound. Placing the finger on the fret would result in that note to be completely or partially muted during playing, and placing the finger too far from the fret would create a buzzing noise. Accordingly, place the rest of the fingers in their designated position.
- Play the individual notes
After placing all three fingers in their position, play the notes one at a time to make sure the sound is clear. If not, adjust the positioning of the fingers until complete clarity of sound is achieved.
- Place the thumb and palm
Keep the thumb behind the neck of the guitar, and rest it on its pad, not the tip. Make sure that the palm does not touch the neck of the guitar.
- Play the chord
Begin strumming, keeping in mind that the fifth and sixth strings are to be left out during this particular chord setting. Practice excluding these two strings and playing the rest of the strings. Continue practicing until completely satisfied with the outcome.