Drop D tuning isn’t just for metal. Many other genres have adopted this cool alternate tuning and the results are sweet. Check out this Easy Drop D Tuning Acoustic Guitar Lesson from Guitar Control instructor Sean Daniel with included free tabs.
What’s going on everybody? Sean Daniel with Guitar Control here and today we’re doing an absolute intro into drop D tuning. So if you’ve never experimented with different alternative tunings I think this is the easiest most accessible one and make sure you click the link below because we were going to tab out a little bit of what we’re doing.
Drop D Power Chords
So what is drop D to you and how is it useful? Basically all it is if you take a regular standard tuned guitar or guitar an E standard as its called, the names of the strings will be; E, A, D, G, B and E. Now with drop D means is you take the low E string and you drop it down to match this D string but an octave below. So you can use a tuner or just kind of like go down or you can use this D as a reference tone until you get them about the same. Okay so one thing this does right off the bat is it makes power chords extremely easy to play. So a power chord, if you don’t know, let’s do a power chord rooted on the A string at the fifth fret and the seventh fret of the D string together that makes a power chord and you can move them all over the place; it isn’t major or minor, it’s just kind of like a beefed up single note that you’ll see in a lot of easy intro beginner songs and just like rock songs in general. What drop D allows us to do is to play a 1 and a 5, that’s what a power chord is, a root note and then down a string down two frets, it allows us to play those on the same string. So whereas before if I wanted to play a power chord right here I’d have to do this stretch…