How to play a D chord, step by step. Learning how to play basic chords is a part of every guitarist’s journey. While it’s easy for an experienced player to take these for granted, these “cowboy” chords can be a big challenge for those who are just starting out. This lesson will focus on how to build a D chord, step by step. These is a method to learning how to physically make these chords happen quickly and with the least amount of struggle. You can use these techniques and strategies to learn to play the other open chords as well. Take these chords and put them into a progression and your playing music! Have fun with your guitar and enjoy the journey.