Hand sign for Re (D) in the solfege system

Figure 1. The hand sign for Re (pitch of D) in solfege.

octaves of D

Figure 2. The notes of D in different octaves on the stave, in scientific pitch notation, and on a standard piano keyboard, with frequencies shown in hertz.

D is one of the notes in the diatonic scale; it is the second note (supertonic) of the C major scale. It lies a whole tone above C. In solfege, it is called Re (Figure 1).


Using a reference frequency of 440 Hz for the A above middle C, and calculated in equal temperament, middle D (D4) has a frequency of 293.665 Hz (Figure 2). The 4th string of a guitar in open tuning is tuned to D3.


D may also refer to the key of D major.