DADGAD and Dropped D Tunings


This course is a quick introduction to two of the most popular alternate tunings on the guitar, DADGAD and Dropped D. Dropped D is the most commonly used alternate tuning and is essential for every guitar player to learn. DADGAD is a little less common, but is a great alternate tuning to begin exploring new harmonic possibilities with.

Alternate tunings are a very powerful tool and often require only simple adjustments to open up a whole new world of possibilities. These tunings can be used for a variety of reasons including slide playing, adding pedalled notes or simply creating nice new chord voicings that may even be easier to play technically.

The guitar lends itself to quick alternate tuning changes and many guitarists use their own preferred tunings that then become signatures to their playing style. Alternate Tunings are often used to add drone notes and sympathetic overtones that are similar to middle eastern instruments such as the Sitar and the Oud. In slide there are a number of different popular tunings that allow for simpler execution of chords. Dropped D tuning has become a go to tuning for heavy metal players because it makes rapid 3 note power chord passages easy to play.

What You'll Learn

  • 1 Drop D Tuning
  • 2 Double Dropped D
  • 3 DADGAD I, IV, V
  • 4 Dropped D and Neighbours
  • 5 DADGAD Tuning
  • 6 DADGAD, D Scale and Shifts
  • 7 DADGAD and G Major Chord
  • 8 DADGAD and D Major Chord
  • 9 DADGAD and A Major Chord