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Drop D Tuning

Drop D Tuning

Drop D tuning has become popular as of late. In drop D tuning the low E string is tuned down one whole step to D. This enables the guitarist to play power chords with a single finger. If your favorite band uses drop D tuning and you want to experiment with this tuning, by all means do so. What ever you do, don’t learn the guitar in drop D tuning-you’ll get all mixed up.

Dropped D tuning: DADGBE, also known as simply as drop D.

The difference of drop D from standard tuning allows for the bottom three strings form a D5 power chord, which can be shifted up or down the fretboard with a single finger (usually the index) to produce any power chord quickly and easily. Drop-D also enables the guitarist to play a whole tone lower than in standard tuning, and many artists value this deeper, fuller sound.

Dropped D tuning is perhaps most widely used in heavy metal or rock music as they take full advantage of the easier power chord transitions. However, the tuning has also been used in many other types of music, including blues, country, and folk.

This tuning may be the most prominent tuning in modern rock and metal, but it is not uncommon for these guitarists to play in E-flat tuning/down tuning or dropped C tuning.

Drop D also allows fingerpickers to play chord shapes higher up the neck while maintaining an alternating bass.

Look at the example below. The first measure is an F5 power chord played in standard tuning. The second measure is the same F5 chord played in Drop D tuning. Since the 6th string is now tuned a whole step (two frets) lower to a D note instead of an E, any note played on the sixth string will be a whole step (2 frets) higher than usual. So the F note, which was at the 1st fret in standard tuning, is now at the 3rd fret (2 frets higher) in Drop D tuning.

Drop D Tuning

You can do a lot more with drop D than power chords. It is also great for fingerstyle playing. Enjoy.

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