Drop D guitar tuning using a tuner online


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Tuning a Drop D Guitar & String Notes

  • → E4 → 1 string (the thinnest)
  • → B3 → 2 string
  • → G3 → 3 string
  • → D3 → 4 string
  • → A2 → 5 string
  • → D2 → 6 string

All but the sixth string are tuned to standard pitch, while that string is lowered by a whole tone (E to D).  The position of the Drop D notes on the guitar fretboard is shown graphically at the top of the page.

The first rule of tuning is to start with the Standard. The EADGBE standard tuning is a great place to begin. Set the low E as a starting point (thickest string). Then, move up to a high E. (thinnest string).  

Tip No. 2 for Tuning: Pick and Pluck 

Tuning a string by playing it with a pick (or your thumb). The optimum sound is achieved with a strong pluck, neither too hard nor too mild. 

The Third Tuning Tip (Sharp vs. Flat)

Did you say “too sharp?” Flatten the peg by turning it toward you. Not enough for you? Turn the peg away from you as you sharpen it.