Dropped D tuning: DADGBE, also known as simply as drop D, is an alternate guitar tuning style in which the lowest (sixth) string is tuned down ("dropped") one whole step (2 frets) to D rather than E as in standard tuning (EADGBE or EADG).
Uses of dropped D tuning Edit
The difference of drop D from standard tuning allows for the three bass strings to 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 step 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 needed for extremely fast playing. However, the tuning has also been used in many other types of music, including blues, country, folk, and classical. Most modern metal guitarists use or have used Drop D tuning.
Examples of chords in dropped D tuning Edit
Chords in dropped D tuning are formed as they are in standard tuning, with the exception of the sixth string, which is either omitted or fretted one whole step higher:
Note that these chords are not the power chords commonly played in drop D tuning. Power chords generally mute the higher notes rather than the lower notes:
For purposes of making the table easier to read, spaces are provided between each number when the fret number becomes a double digit. Additionally, the highest note in any '5' chord is an octave from the root note so it is not necessary to play it to achieve a '5' chord. Some guitarists leave out the top octave when they play the higher chords such as a high G5 (up at the 10th and 12th frets respectively); it's a matter of personal preference.
- Drop D Guitar Lessons
- Guitar Tunings - Guitar School Online
- How to Tune a Guitar - Learn to tune in drop D