D chord inversions

D/F# and D/A are the first and second inversions of the D major. This means that the bass tone is shifting from D to F sharp or A. Both these chords are also referred to as slash chords.


D/F#

  • D/F# chord diagram

D/A

  • D/A chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

G - D/F# - Em
D/A - Am - C

Theory of the D/F# and D/A chords

Both chords consist of the notes D, F#, A. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. F# is the bass note in the first inversion and A is the bass note in the second inversion.

A comparison between the main D major and the two inversions can be seen below.

Chord construction

D  x - x - D - A - D - F#
D/F#  F# - A - D - A - D - F#
D/A  x - A - D - A - D - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

D  D - F# - A
D/F#  F# - A - D
D/A  A - D - F#
Only the order of notes differs
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