What Is Drop D?
“Drop D” is an alternate tuning for guitar.
A guitar can be said to be tuned to drop D (or dropped D) when the low E string is tuned one step down to a D note. This results in a tuning of DADGBE.
That might seem like a small change from the standard tuning of EADGBE, but it can make a huge difference. Songs in drop D sound, feel, and look different.
A lot of people associate drop D tuning with heavy metal. That's because it allows for quick one finger power chords needed for fast passages, plus hard rockers tend to love the deeper sound the low D string makes.
Drop D isn't just for heavy metal. It's been used in many genres of music and by many notable musicians through the years. Some of which might surprise you (more on that in a minute).
How To Tune To Drop D
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. What ever 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 your 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.
In this video I'll show you how to tune to drop D. It's easy!
Popular Songs In Drop D
Below is a list of popular songs that use the drop d tuning. It 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:
Alice In Chains “Them Bones”
Nirvana “All Apologies”
- Audioslave “Show Me How To Live”
- Bach “Musette In D”
- The Beatles “Dear Prudence”
- Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville”
- Crossfade “Cold”
- Creed “Higher”
- The Doors “The End”
- Foo Fighters “Everlong”
- Fleetwood Mac “Gold Dust Woman”
- Neil Young “Harvest Moon”
- Nickelback “Someday”
- James Taylor “Country Road”
- Jeff Buckley “Grace”
- John Mayer “Your Body Is A Wonderland”
- Led Zeppelin “Moby Dick”
- Marilyn Manson “Beautiful People”
- Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box”
- Papa Roach “Last Resort”
- Pink Floyd “Run Like Hell”
- Queen “Fat Bottomed Girls”
- Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
- Tool “Sober”
- Velvet Revolver “Slither”
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