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  1. D major(Noun)

    a major key with the notes D, E, Fu266F, G, A, B, and Cu266F

  2. D major(Adjective)

    describing a musical piece, song, or scale with the D major key

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  1. D major

    D major is a major scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F♯, G, A, B, and C♯. Its key signature consists of two sharps. Its relative minor is B minor and its parallel minor is D minor. D major is well-suited to violin music because of the structure of the instrument, which is tuned G D A E. The open strings resonate sympathetically with the D string, producing a sound that is especially brilliant. It is thus no coincidence that many classical composers throughout the centuries have chosen to write violin concertos in D major, including those by Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven; Paganini; Brahms; Tchaikovsky; Prokofiev; Stravinsky; and Korngold. It is appropriate for guitar music, with drop D tuning making two Ds available as open strings. A famous example is the pop song "Hey There Delilah", which utilizes the solo acoustic guitar in D major. For some beginning wind instrument students, however, D major is not a very suitable key, since it transposes to E major on B-flat wind instruments, and beginning methods generally tend to avoid keys with more than three sharps.


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