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Drop D Chords

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Drop D tuning is great, but playing chords requires some adjustment. This article contains several chord charts of chord voicings for drop D tuning.

Getting tuned to drop D is a simple endeavor. The low E string is tuned down one whole step to D. The rest of the strings remain the same. You’ll end up with a tuning that looks like this: D,A,D,G,B,E. This tuning provides a slightly deeper low end and enables you to play power chords with a single finger.

With these chord charts you’ll find various ways to play common drop D tuning chords. There are more voicings for each chord than you’ll probably ever need, but it’s fun trying playing them all! You never know, one of these voicings may spark something creative in you.Read More »Drop D Chords

Guitar Power Chords Tutorial

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Power chords are not really chords. No, really. Hear me out.

Chords are 3 notes or more, whereas power chords only have 2 different notes. A more correct name would be “power intervals” because they only contain two different notes. Usually power chords are composed of the root, a perfect 5th interval, and the root note doubled at a higher pitch (called an octave). Basically they are just like playing perfect 5th intervals and doubling up a note or two.Read More »Guitar Power Chords Tutorial

Add That “Swing” With The Common Shuffle Rhythm

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Triplets are used in many styles of music including blues, rock and country. The basic shuffle rhythm is created by leaving out (resting) the middle note of each three-note triplet group. This “triplet” idea allows performers to include triplets in the melody without clashing with any rhythm patterns.

Many shuffle rhythm songs are in 12/8 time (sometimes called “swing time”) which is just like 4/4 time except with a “swing”. Here we’ll take a look at a common blues shuffle rhythm in the key of A using power chord shapes.

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Country Road by James Taylor

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Difficulty: Intermediate

Drop D Tuning

This song is in drop D tuning. In drop D tuning the low E string is tuned down one whole step to D. 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).

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