Creating your own songs in drop D can open up new creative avenues as it did many other players throughout history. It gives you a different way to look at the instrument and the resulting music is usually not like anything else you’ll play in standard tuning. If you’re looking for something to create that special “magic”, then drop D may be what you’re looking for.
This book hopes to fully instruct you in the ways of drop D. You’ll learn how to play your chords and scales in this alternate tuning. We’ll explore some of the great drop D songs as well as how to use the tuning to create your own compositions. Hopefully, somewhere along the way, you’ll discover the true magic of drop D.
Tune To Drop D
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.
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 are 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.