Drop D tuning is a great place to start if you’re looking to learn or try something a bit different on your guitar. Experimenting with alternate guitar tunings can be a great place to generate new ideas. It’s amazing, but by changing the tuning of just one string (let alone more), you can dramatically change the possibilities and the sounds that come out of your guitar.
This lesson is on Drop D tuning – as opposed to Open D. Drop D tuning is when you simply tune the 6th string (low E) down a whole tone to D.
In open D, you actually change more than just one string… but we’ll save that for a different day!
The trick here is that you can’t play any of the chords you’re normally used to playing that use the 6th string. For instance an open G is out… you have to find a new way to play the G chord.
Keys that revolve around the D chord are great for this tuning, as you can use the D drone in most of your chords that way. So D, or even the fourth or fifth of D (G and A) work well too… and if you wanted, you could even use some minor keys.
Anyways, without further rambling, here’s the lesson! Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page if you’d like to learn more on alternate tunings…
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Related Lessons: Checkout the lesson on D form triads.