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Encyclopedia > Drop D tuning

Dropped D tuning: DADGBe, also known as simply as Drop D, is a guitar tuning style in which the lowest (sixth) string is tuned down a whole tone ("dropped") to D rather than E as in standard tuning (EADGBe). Guitar tuning refers to the pitch adjustments carried out on the individual strings of a guitar in order to achieve a prescribed arrangement of notes from the open (unfretted) strings. ... Guitar tuning refers to the pitch adjustments carried out on the individual strings of a guitar in order to achieve a prescribed arrangement of notes from the open (unfretted) strings. ...

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Uses of Dropped D Tuning

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. In music, a power chord is, in the broadest sense, a chord that remains euphonious when distorted by amplification. ... The fingerboard, also known as a fretboard, is a part of most stringed instruments. ... The musical interval of a major second — also called a whole-tone — is the relationship between the first note (the root or tonic) and the second note in a major scale (and also a minor scale). ...


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. Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... Rock is a form of popular music from the late 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Look up country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the common people. ...


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. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, mixed blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the... Guitar tuning refers to the pitch adjustments carried out on the individual strings of a guitar in order to achieve a prescribed arrangement of notes from the open (unfretted) strings. ... Guitar tuning refers to the pitch adjustments carried out on the individual strings of a guitar in order to achieve a prescribed arrangement of notes from the open (unfretted) strings. ...


Drop D also allows fingerpickers to play chord shapes higher up the neck while maintaining an alternating bass. Fingerpicking, or playing fingerstyle, is a technique for playing the guitar, or some other stringed instrument using the fingertips and/or fingernails, rather than with a plectrum (or pick). It is used for classical guitar, and some other acoustic styles, but it has found its way into other genres as...


Examples of Chords in Dropped D Tuning

Chords in drop-D tuning are formed as they are in standard tuning, with the exception of the sixth string, which is either omitted or fretted two semitones higher: Fingering for a C-major trichord on a guitar in standard tuning (assuming all six strings are played). ...

 Chord Tab A x02220 Am x02210 B x24442 Bm x24432 C x32010 D 000232 Dm 000231 E x22100 Em 222000 F x03211 F# xx4322 F#m xx4222 G 5x0003 

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:

 Chord Tab A5 777xxx or x022xx B5 999xxx or x244xx C5 x355xx or 888xxx D5 000xxx or x577xx E5 222xxx or x799xx F5 333xxx or x81010xx F#5 444xxx G5 555xxx 

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Capo Usage

Some guitarists choose to use a capo on the 2nd fret with this tuning so that they can retain the ease of playing power chords without having the "evil" sounds usually assosciated with dropped D tuning. Examples of this include the bands Fall Out Boy and Angels and Airwaves. Doing this would be equivilant to Tuning the E string to an E, and all other strings up 2 semitones. A basic guitar capo A capo (short for capodastra) is a device used for shortening the strings, and hence raising the pitch, of a stringed instrument such as a guitar, mandolin or banjo. ... In music, a power chord is an interval which serves the diatonic function of a major or minor chord. ... Fall Out Boy is an alternative rock/pop punk/emo[1] band from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois that formed in 2000. ... Angels and Airwaves is an alternative rock band created by blink-182 guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge alongside former Hazen Street and Box Car Racer guitarist David Kennedy, ex-Distillers bassist Ryan Sinn and Offspring drummer Atom Willard. ...


External links

  • Guitar Tunings - Guitar School Online
  • Interview with Ty Tabor- Widely regarded as the champion of dropped tunings in hard rock

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Drop D tuning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (442 words)
Dropped D tuning: DADGBe, also known as simply as Drop D, is a guitar tuning style in which the lowest (sixth) string is tuned down a whole tone ("dropped") to D rather than E as in standard tuning (EADGBe).
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.
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.
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