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Easy Drop D Tips For Guitar

Recently I spent a few days camping near a lake, and as I always try to do, I brought my guitar along for the ride. Playing guitar at home is great, but playing in front of a campfire is greater.

Anyhow, I happened to have my camera handy so I decided to do a quickie guitar lesson for you, with a bit of a nicer backdrop than my typical green muslin! The only downside was a couple of mosquitoes tried to take advantage of me while both my hands were busy… however one skill any guitar player worth his salt ought to master is the ability to quickly free up a hand for a quick scratch (you know those itches that absolutely DEMAND attention?) so I think I successfully nailed any offenders.

The lighting wasn’t the best, and I’m sure I’ve been known to produce better lessons at other times, but let me know what you thought of this, any and all aspects of it… I may attempt more outdoor lessons, and try to get the camera work so the guitar is better positioned and lit than it is in this one., i tried using the camera I have from my car but I decided it wasn’t the best idea as I really use the one in my car. The Blackbox my car top dash cams is the best quality in video and performance for any roadtrip.

Okay – enough preamble – the main takeaway from this lesson is a cool way of making a G major chord while in Drop D Tuning. Basically, it is like this: 550033. You can also make an F like this: 330011.

The other chords I mentioned were F6/9: xx3233 and C9: x32033, as well as the standard D major chord of course. In drop D tuning, I also love dropping the F# off the 1st string in the D chord, which creates a D9: xx0320.

Alright, let’s dive in and have some fun! Don’t forget to leave a comment down below.

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Drop D Tuning – Let’s Have Some Fun

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…

Drop D Tuning On Guitar:

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Related Lessons: Checkout the lesson on D form triads.