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List Of Songs In Open D Tuning

    Open D tuning, also called ‘Brady Clark Tuning’ is an open tuning for the acoustic or electric guitar.

    The open string notes in this tuning are D-A-D-F#-A-D (from low E to high E). It uses the three notes that form the triad of a D major chord:

    D, the root note A, the perfect fifth and F#, the major third When the guitar is strummed without fretting any of the strings a D major chord is sounded. This means that any major chord can be easily created using one finger, fretting all the strings at once (also known as barring); for example, fretting all the strings at the second fret will produce an E major, at the third fret an F major, and so on up the neck.

    Open D tuning is very popular with slide guitar (or ‘bottleneck’) players, as it allows them to play complete chords using the slide. This tuning is also used for regular (non-slide) guitar playing. The full and vibrant sound it produces – particularly on an acoustic guitar – also makes it ideal for fingerstyle playing.

    Many new chord shapes and sounds are available with open D tuning. It can offer a strong compositional element that produces markedly different tonal qualities than standard tuning. The full range of major and minor chords, with all their extensions, are available to the player. Many well-known guitarists have used this tuning at some point in their careers. For example, Bob Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks was first recorded entirely in Open D tuning. Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Jason Swain have all released recordings featuring this tuning as well.

    Don’t confuse open D tuning with drop D tuning.

    Recordings That Use Open D Tuning

    Bella Donna by Peppino D’Agostino
    Will Ackerman – Ely
    Alice In Chains – Over Now
    Kokomo Arnold – Milk Cow Blues
    Duck Baker – Leavin’ Home
    Duck Baker – Mother’s Advice
    Duck Baker – Pretty Fair Miss
    Duck Baker – Sittin’ On Top Of The World
    Barbecue Bob – Diddle Da Diddle
    Robbie Basho – Variations On Easter
    Blind Blake – Police Dog Blues
    Rory Block – Mama’s Stray Baby
    Luka Bloom – Girl
    Luka Bloom – If I Were a Carpenter
    Luka Bloom – Little Martha and Me (instrumental)
    Luka Bloom – No Surprises
    Luka Bloom – This Is For Life
    Gregg Cagno – 39 In Requiem
    Gregg Cagno – Mandolin Moon
    Gregg Cagno – Mandolin Moon -> Look at the Wind Blow
    Gregg Cagno – Ode To Mrs. Claus’ Joy
    Gregg Cagno – We are Each Other’s Angels
    Sam Collins – Slow Mama Slow
    Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas
    Ry Cooder – Thirteen Question Method
    Peppino D’Agostino – Bella Donna
    Ani DiFranco – Anticipate
    Nick Drake – One Of These Things First
    John Fahey – Poor Boy A Long Ways From Home
    Blind Boy Fuller – Little Woman, You’re So Sweet
    Ed Gerhard – Howl
    Ed Gerhard – Isa Lei 01 First guitar
    Ed Gerhard – Isa Lei 04 Ed Gerhard’s Hawaii
    Ed Gerhard – Slide Improv
    Ed Gerhard – Willy O’Winsbury: 01 First guitar
    Goo Goo Dolls – Let Love In
    Stefan Grossman – Brownsville Blues
    Stefan Grossman – God Moves on The Water
    Stefan Grossman – John Henry
    Stefan Grossman – Sitting On Top of the World
    Stefan Grossman – Vestapool
    Richie Havens – Freedom
    Mississippi John Hurt – If You Don’t Want Me
    Elmore James – It Hurts Me Too
    Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was The Night, Cold Was On The Ground
    Blind Willie Johnson – God Moves On The Water
    Blind Willie Johnson – Keep Your Lamp Trimmes And Burning
    Blind Willie Johnson – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    Nick Katzman – Tin Silver
    Leo Kottke – Corinna, Corinna
    Leo Kottke – Itchy
    Adrian Legg – Irish Girl
    Furry Lewis – Kassie Jones
    Eric Lugosch – Marching Through Georgia
    Mississippi Fred McDowell – Lord, I’m Going Down South
    Mississippi Fred McDowell – You Got To Move
    Blind Willie McTell – Wake Up Mama
    Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
    Joni Mitchell – Blue On Blue
    Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
    Joni Mitchell – Cactus Tree
    Joni Mitchell – Chelsea Morning
    Joni Mitchell – Come In From The Cold
    Joni Mitchell – Come To The Sunshine
    Joni Mitchell – Conversation
    Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
    Joni Mitchell – Dreamland
    Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris
    Joni Mitchell – Get Together
    Joni Mitchell – Gift Of The Magi
    Joni Mitchell – I Think I Understand
    Joni Mitchell – Judgement Of The Moon And Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)
    Joni Mitchell – Just Like Me
    Joni Mitchell – Man From Mars
    Joni Mitchell – Night In The City
    Joni Mitchell – People’s Parties
    Joni Mitchell – Pirate Of Penance
    Joni Mitchell – Shiny Toys
    Joni Mitchell – Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Joni Mitchell – Solid Love
    Joni Mitchell – Strange Boy
    Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
    Sam Mitchell – Motherless Children
    Sam Mitchell – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    Sam Mitchell – Rainy Day Blues
    Pierce Pettis – Swimming
    Kelly Joe Phelps – Footprints
    Chris Proctor – Bach to Ireland
    Chris Proctor – Bach to Scotland
    Chris Proctor – October’s Window
    Chris Proctor – Solstice
    Tampa Red – Boogie Woogie Dance
    Preston Reed – Basta Pasta
    Preston Reed – Bye Bye Boo Boo
    Preston Reed – Fun with Wally
    Preston Reed – Last Scene in September
    Preston Reed – Southern Exposure
    Preston Reed – Tiny Time Pills
    Preston Reed – Wirewhip
    REO Speedwagon – Time For Me To Fly
    The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
    Fred Sokolow – Furry’s Train
    Third Eye Blind – Graduate
    Third Eye Blind – So High and Solo
    Third Eye Blind – Surfacing Submarine
    Buzz Turner – Afternoon In Chiapas
    Josh White – Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed
    David Wilcox – Kindness
    David Wilcox – Mighty Ocean
    David Wilcox – Miracle
    David Wilcox – Never Enough
    David Wilcox – Wildberry Pie
    Rev Robert Wilkins – That’s No Way To Get Along