Today I’ll be explaining exactly how to tune a guitar from standard tuning into drop D tuning. I’ll be trying my best to explain it in a matter that someone who doesn’t know guitar lingo can understand it.
Drop D tuning is one of the easiest alternative tunings you can use. All you are doing is changing the thickest string (Low E). Looking down when you’re holding the guitar, it’ll be the top one, although in guitar lingo it’d be called the bottom string (we can also refer to it as the 6th string). After you’ve found the correct string, move down two string to find the D string (4th string). Then find the knob used to adjust the tuning of the Low E string (fattest one). Put your finger on the Low E string and move it down to the end of the guitar in order to find that knob.
Now that we’ve found the Low E string, the D string, and the knob used to adjust the tuning of the Low E string, we can start. I recommend plugging the guitar into an amp at this point for more accuracy. We’ll be turning the knob about a half of a circle towards you (when holding the guitar). Just using your judgement of what a half-circle is will not do. While turning the knob, play the D string and the Low E string at the same time. When turning at first, you should hear fast waves of sound (you’ll know what I mean when you try it). Turn it a half-circle towards you. You know you’re in the right spot when the waves of sound stop and synchronize (it’s just one wave of sound, not fast waves). You just tuned your guitar 2 steps down, and you’re now in Drop D tuning!!! If you have any questions, I’ll be there to answer them for you.
Why Would You Want to Play in Drop D tuning?
Musicians play in Drop D tuning to play power chords much easier. Instead of using three fingers to play a power chord, you can now use one finger! Just place your index finger across the top three string and strum. That’s it! You just played a power chord. If you were still in standard tuning, you’d play the same thing by putting your ring and pinkie fingers on the 5th and 4th string of the same fret, and you index finger on the top string 2 frets closer to the end of the guitar. As you can see, playing power chords this way is much easier.
What are some bands that use Drop D tuning??
Nirvana, Pantera, Three Days Grace, System Of a Down, and a bunch more!!!
There are a whole lot of songs that use Drop D tuning. The above are just some bands I know of that use Drop D in some of their songs. My favorite to play with Drop D tuning is Animal I have Become – Three Days Grace.
Well I hope you now know how to tune your guitar from standard tuning into Drop D. It’s not that hard, but a lot of new people don’t catch on quickly. I’m just here to help with that process :D.