How To Tune To Drop D

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Drop D is an alternate guitar tuning that has been used by a variety of artists through the years. From The Beatles and Pink Floyd to more modern rock acts such as Tool and Soundgarden. In this video, I’ll show you how to tune to drop D. It’s easy!

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. Whatever you do, don’t learn the guitar in drop D tuning-you’ll get all mixed up.

To tune your guitar to drop D tuning, first make sure you’re tuned to standard tuning. Then you’ll want to tune your low E string down two steps to D (we drop it down one step, hence the name). See the picture below. You can use the audio clip below to tune your low E string to D for drop D tuning.

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