Notes On Basic Tunings

The list of the notes on the most common used tunings: Standard, Drop D and Drop C. This comes in handy when transcribing music from different tunings.

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Below I will show you the notes for three different tunings: -Standard: EADGBE -Drop D: DADFBE -Drop C: CGCFAD This comes in handy when transcribing music from different tunings. I personally am not a fan of alternate tunings. I think its annoying having to stop and tune my guitar. Why bother telling you this anyways, I know you really dont care. Email me any mistakes, I havent read this over yet.
STANDARD: 

E-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|-A-|-A#/Bb-| 
B-|---C---|-C#/Db-|---D---|-D#/Eb-|-E-|---F---| 
G-|-G#/Ab-|---A---|-A#/Bb-|---B---|-C-|-C#/Db-| Continued On 
D-|-D#/Eb-|---E---|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-| Next Line -> 
A-|-A#/Bb-|---B---|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|-D#/Eb-| 
E-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|-A-|-A#/Bb-| 

3rd Fret 5th Fret 

E-|---B---|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|-D#/Eb-|-E-| 
B-|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|-A-|-A#/Bb-|-B-| 
G-|---D---|-D#/Eb-|---E---|-F-|-F#/Gb-|-G-| 
D-|---A---|-A#/Bb-|---B---|-C-|-C#/Db-|-D-| 
A-|---E---|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-|-A-| 
E-|---B---|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|-D#/Eb-|-E-| 

7th Fret 9th Fret 12th Fret 

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DROP D: 

E-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|-A-|-A#/Bb-| 
B-|---C---|-C#/Db-|---D---|-D#/Eb-|-E-|---F---| 
G-|-G#/Ab-|---A---|-A#/Bb-|---B---|-C-|-C#/Db-| Continued On 
D-|-D#/Eb-|---E---|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-| Next Line -> 
A-|-A#/Bb-|---B---|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|-D#/Eb-| 
D-|---E---|-E#/Fb-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-| 

3rd Fret 5th Fret 

E-|---B---|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|-D#/Eb-|-E-| 
B-|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|-A-|-A#/Bb-|-B-| 
G-|---D---|-D#/Eb-|---E---|-F-|-F#/Gb-|-G-| 
D-|---A---|-A#/Bb-|---B---|-C-|-C#/Db-|-D-| 
A-|---E---|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-|-A-| 
D-|---A---|---B---|-B#/Cb-|-C-|-C#/Db-|-D-| 

7th Fret 9th Fret 12th Fret 

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DROP C: 

D-|---E---|-E#/Fb-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-| 
A-|---B---|-B#/Cb-|---C---|-C#/Db-|-D-|---E---| 
F-|-F#/Gb-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|---A---|-B-|-B#/Cb-| Continued On 
C-|-C#/Db-|---D---|---E---|-E#/Fb-|-F-|-F#/Gb-| Next Line -> 
G-|-G#/Ab-|---A---|---B---|-B#/Cb-|-C-|-C#/Db-| 
C-|---D---|-D#/Eb-|---E---|-E#/Fb-|-F-|-F#/Gb-| 

3rd Fret 5th Fret 

D-|---A---|---B---|-B#/Cb-|-C-|-C#/Db-|-D-| 
A-|-E#/Fb-|---F---|-F#/Gb-|-G-|-G#/Ab-|-A-| 
F-|---C---|-C#/Db-|---D---|-E-|-E#/Fb-|-F-| 
C-|---G---|-G#/Ab-|---A---|-B-|-B#/Cb-|-C-| 
G-|---D---|---E---|-E#/Fb-|-F-|-F#/Gb-|-G-| 
C-|---G---|---A---|-A#/Bb-|-B-|-B#/Cb-|-c-| 

7th Fret 9th Fret 12th Fret

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    Oswald
    This means that when you c tune, the Pentatonic scales wont work the same?
    Metalhead3333
    This has helped me a lot. It's helped me figure out the notes for the scales I'm learning right now. Thanks a ton!
    richardembrace4
    WELL FOR THE GUYS THAT DONT KNOW HOW TO TUNE THERE GUITARS DOWN WELL DROP D IS PRETTY EASY YOU CAN USE REGULAR GUITAR TUNER BUT IF YOU WANT TO TUNE TO C OR ANY OTHER TUNNING YOU HAVE TO BUY A CHROMATIC GUITAR TUNER WHICH IS PREETY CHEAP IN SOME STORES LIKE WAL MART OR CALDWELL OR IF YOU HAVE HASTINGS RUN YOU ABOUT 20 BUCKS
    qwdudeqw
    hwo do u play normal notes shush as c or d or e i mean like th scale fret2 fret1 e-----*---!-----!- ---- b-----*----- g---- -*----- d-- --- < i know that is a C a-----*--- d----- but how do i play the rest of the notes
    Megamanx454
    I play on Drop C tuning right but I want to know if the scales are altered some way. and is my G string sounds deeper than my sixth C string. is that even normal?
    Megamanx454
    if anyone has an answer just E-mail me at megamanx454@yahoo.com I'd really like to know
    Megamanx454
    made a typo sorry....(here it is again) I play on Drop C tuning right but I want to know if the scales are altered some way. and my G string sounds deeper than my sixth C string. is that even normal?
    neptoess
    ok for drop d tune your guitar to standard then tune your thickest string at the seventh to be identical to your open 5th string(2nd thickest string) then for drop c tune your entire guitar a whole step down(tune the thickest on 7th fret to open 5th. Then tune the open 5th to the 5th fret 6th, open 4th to the fret 5th open 3rd to 5th fret 4th, open 2nd to the 4th fret 3rd open 1st to 5th fret second) then tune the thickest string at the 7th fret to the open 5th string. Or just use a chromatic tuner and for drop d tune (thickest to skinniest) DADGBE & for drop c CGCFAD
    joshuablume2006
    a friend taught me this. C#,F#,B E,G#,C# I just drop my top string down to B. You can now do fifths with one finger.
    ninja450
    This was a killer lesson, all the other stuff i have lookd up on the internet would never say any thing on notes(though they all say beginner) as if its known to all from birth. for those of us not born knowing this TY!!!
    sgthaus
    I bought an amp that has a built in tuner....it helped tremendously, especially when I started tuning my guitar to all the different variations. I highly recommend it for anyone having difficulties tuning their guitar.....rock on!
    mb889
    I have a question about drop C. Just email me at mb889@aol.com .
    richardembrace4
    IF YOU WANTING TO DROP LOWER TUNING BUY A CHROMATIC TUNER SOLD IN HASTINGS CALDWELL MUSIC WAL MART ANY GUITAR OR MUSIC PLACE SHEAPEST IS ABOUT 20 BUCKS RM PEACE
    dylennon
    I don't understand how a F# can be a Gb or a G# can be an Ab. Can someone explain?
    Edge_of_defeat
    >_< this all sounds like gibrish to me i have no clue will some one please email ma at edge_of_defeat@yahoo.com Thankyou
    marcoRAKIZTA
    [quote]juanpumas wrote: just tune it on D string, that's why it is called Drop ''D''...
    decayingdave
    Drop D or C tuning is abit complicated to understand at first 'cus you're drop tuning only one string down, which to me at first seemed stupid, considering that it would not technically be in tune with the other strings... but apparently there's use for it considering how many guitarists use it, so I 'spose it all comes down to personal preference. I've seen that it's mostly heavy genres of guitar music that find drop D or C tuning favorable because many of these songs rely almost entirely on open top string notes. I'm not sure whether that's just for effect or whether it's meant to make up for having a lousy bassist - Either way, I'm not a fan of drop D or C tuning. If I want a heavier sound, I use one or two (aaagh!) steps down tuning... but I'm sure some snobs can yell some fancy-fied technical name for it.
    tactful
    HOW TO TUNE: From standard (EADGBE) tuning, low to high: Tune the low E string down 1 step to D. The 7th fret should match the open A string. Tune the G string 1 step up to A, it should be an octave above the open A string. That's it! For the variations, DADF#BE is the same as above only: Tune the open G string down a half step to F#. The 5th fret should match the open B string. For DADF#AE, do the same as above and then: Tune the open B string down 1 step to A. It should be an octave above the open A string. For DADFBE: Tune the open G string down 1 step to F. The 6th fret should match the open B string. For DAC#G#BE: Tune the low E down to D as above. Tune the open D string a half step down to C#. It should match the 4th fret of the open A string. Tune the open G string a half step up to G#. The 3rd fret should match the open B string.
    tremelower
    guys its pointless to learn then because it will just screw you up because if you dont know about b-c and e-f not having sharps then ull think that there on the fretboard
    richardembrace4
    LETS SAY YOU PLAY A SONG YOU KNOW LETS SAY SEETHERS FINE AGAIN YOU KNOW THE WHOLE SONG WHAT DROP TUNNING MEANS IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE PLAYING POWER CHORDS WITH STANDARD TUNNING THEN WHEN YOU DROP TUNNING THE CHORDS COME TOGETHER ONE FINER CAN PLAY A CHORD THAT PROBLY GIVE YOU TROUBLE AND ANOTHER REASON IS BECAUSE IT SOUND HEAVIER SOUNDS DARKER THEN WITH STADARD TUNNING THATS WHY LIKE BANDS LIKE ATREYU USE DROP C IN SOME SONGS HOPE I HELPED A LITTLE
    richardembrace4
    WELL FOR ALL THE GUYS THAT DONT KNOW HOW TO DROP TUNNING FIRST BUY YOURSELF A CHROMATIC GUITAR TUNER THAT WOULD RUN YOU ABOUT 20 BUCKS THEN GET YOUR GUITAR AND YOUR CHROMATIC TUNER AND SLOWLY TUNE DOWN YOUR STRINGS TO WHAT EVER TUNNING YOUR WANTING EASYEST WAY
    Logz
    after readin this article, its not about how to tune your guitar to these tunings, its showing you the notes the frets produce when you have actually worked out how to tune to thse. i like it.
    Pog
    this is menna be basics. for retards!!! wtf is hammer on. do u want me to take a ***in sledge hammmer to my guitar?!?!?!
    juanpumas
    how do i tune my guitar from standard to drop D, well if any one can help let know at; jpinep@yahoo.com
    grhpckls
    would be handy if there was sum info on how to tune your guitar with all these different tunings
    Desk Jocky
    You need a tuner... then use the key at the top
    -Standard: EADGBE -Drop D: DADFBE -Drop C: CGCFAD
    SO String 1 for Drop C is a C So string 2 for Drop C is a G.... etc
    jeffpartdoce
    how many semitones are there from a "low e" to a "c" note... or better yet, can you say what a semitone is and how they work... i just got a new tuner, and i'm not to sure how to use the semitone function... if you can help out plz do... i'm lost
    Logz
    jeffpartdoce: how many semitones are there from a "low e" to a "c" note... or better yet, can you say what a semitone is and how they work... i just got a new tuner, and i'm not to sure how to use the semitone function... if you can help out plz do... i'm lost
    A semi-tone is a 'half note' between two other notes. these 'half notes' are either flats or sharps. so... you can get a Bb which means B flat, you can get a normal B and a B# which is a B sharp. As mentioned above, a Bb can also be an A#. below is a list of notes and semi-tones: [code] A,(A# or Bb),B,C,(C# or Db),D,(D# or Eb),E,F,(F# or Gb),G,(G# or Ab) [/code] As you can see, the only notes which dont have sharps are C-D and E-F. Dont worry about why, just remember they dont. Using what i wrote above, you can now find out how many semitones there are between an E note and a C: [code] E->F->F#->G->G#->A->A#->B->C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [code] So there are a total of 9 tones and semitones between E and C. On certain types of guitar tuners, a flat can be indicated by the 'needle' moving all the way to the left (flat side of the screen). A sharp is indicated by the needle going to the far right (Sharp side of the screen).
    Four Wheels
    Does anyone know how to transcribe tabs which are in C F Bb Eb G C tuning as used by Queens of the Stone Age?
    harlottspy
    i think u nid 2 b more sensitiv wid ur guitars... love ur sounds, always think 4 it!hahaha..
    GuitarAngelme
    i dont even know how to play my acoustic guitar! y am i so clueless? help! email me at ccfly@charter.net if u can help me!
    lparton
    To tune from standard to drop d, just tune your thickest string(6) down two frets, so the 7th fret sounds the same as open string 5. the rest is just standard
    lparton
    juanpumas: how do i tune my guitar from standard to drop D, well if any one can help let know at; jpinep@yahoo.com [POSTED: 07 April 2004 - 12:35]|
    fudgeloaf
    i already know how to tune to drop D which is pretty easy but i have no idea how to tune to drop C is there an easy way to do that like there is drop D ???? email me at fudgeloaf@hotmail.com if you know how please
    fatsmcfatterson
    this article was excellent i was able to transcribe "love me do" by The Beatles to Drop C using this, Thanx