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Double Drop D guitar tuning using a tuner online


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Double Drop D Guitar String Notes

  • → D4 → 1 string (the thinnest)
  • → B3 → 2 string
  • → G3 → 3 string
  • → D3 → 4 string
  • → A2 → 5 string
  • → D2 → 6 string

Double drop D is an alternative perfect for guitar tuning: E strings are tuned down (dropped) one whole step (2 frets) to D rather than E as in standard tuning (EADGBE). The main use for double drop d is so guitarists can play 5th chords with one finger on the bass strings and play the treble side of a barre chord.

How to tune Double Drop D

Once the guitar has been tuned to the classical method, the first and sixth strings must be removed to get a Double Drop D tuning, which results in the tuner showing the note D. Remember that the image above shows the guitar fretboard notes for a Double Drop D.

In this guitar tuning, also called DADGBD, the top E string is lowered one whole step, or two frets, to D rather than the standard E. (EADGBE). Guitarists commonly use double-dropped d to play 5th chords using only the bass strings and the treble side of a barré chord with a single finger. The songs “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young and “I Hate California” by Jonathan Coulton are two well-known recordings that use this tuning successfully.