Gimmie Three Strings: a Lesson in Alternate Tunings in Only Three Steps - Drop D to Double Drop D to Open G

Have you ever tried to learn a song you liked, but couldn't quite get the sound of it right? Perhaps the song was written in an alternate tuning.

Gimmie Three Strings: a Lesson in Alternate Tunings in Only Three Steps - Drop D to Double Drop D to Open G
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What is an alternate tuning?

An alternate tuning is when you adjust the tuning of a guitar from its standard tuning. Standard tuning is E-A-D-G-B-E (low to high).

Today I want to show you how easy it is to experiment with a few alternate tunings. There will be examples listed for each tuning.

Most of these examples are correct with the original studio recordings. However, there is always room for discussion whether or not each is 100% accurate.

This lesson is simply used to help provide some examples to get you started.

Let's begin!

Step 1: Drop D

Our first alternate tuning will be the Drop D tuning, simply because we only need to adjust one string; the E6 string.

To get to Drop D, simply lower your E6 string down one step to a D note. That's it!

The Drop D allows you to have a lower sound when playing on the sixth string for obvious reasons. It also allows you to finger power chords much easier. To make a power chord in Drop D, you just lay your finger across the bottom two (or three) strings in pitch like so:
E|-----|
B|-----|
G|-----|
D|--3--|
A|--3--|
D|--3--|
Another benefit of Drop D is that you can now play an open D chord using all six strings instead of the four strings in standard tuning.

D
e|--2---|
B|--3---|
G|--2---|
D|--0---|
A|--0---|
D|--0---|
Pretty sweet, huh? You get the lower strings to deliver a deeper sound while the higher strings will shimmer.

Let's give you some famous examples of songs that use a Drop D tuning.

"Black Flag" - King's X
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------3---3--------0--------3---3--------0-0x-3x-1x-0---3---3--------0-|
A|--------3---2--------0--------3---2--------0-0x-3x-1x-0---3---2--------0-|
D|-0-3/-0-3-0---0-3/-0---0-3/-0-3-0---0-3/-0---0x-3x-1x-0-0-3-0---0-3/-0---|
"Black Hole Sun" -Soundgarden
e|-------------------|------------------|-------------------|------------------|
B|-------------------|------------------|-------------------|------------------|
G|----------5--------|-------------5----|----------5--------|-------------4----|
D|-------5------5----|----------5-------|-------3------3----|----------2-------|
A|----5------------5-|-------5----------|----3------------3-|-------2----------|
D|-5-----------------|-5--8-------------|-3-----------------|-0--2-------------|
"Dear Prudence" - The Beatles
e|2------ ------- ------- -------|2------ ------- ------- -------|
B|-------------------3-----------|-------------------3-----------|
G|------------2------------------|------------2------------------|
D|--------0---------------0------|--------0---------------0------|
A|0------------------------------|3------------------------------|
D|----------------0--------------|----------------0--------------|
e|2------ ------- ------- -------|2------ ------- ------- -------|
B|--------------------3----------|-------------------3-----------|
G|------------0------------------|------------0------------------|
D|--------0---------------0------|--------0---------------0------|
A|2------------------------------|1------------------------------|
D|----------------0--------------|-----------------0-------------|
e|2------ ------- ------- -------|2------ ------- ------- -------|
B|-------------------3-----------|-------------------3-----------|
G|------------2------------------|------------2------------------|
D|--------0---------------0------|--------0---------------0------|
A|0------------------------------|3------------------------------|
D|----------------0--------------|----------------0--------------|
"Everlong" - Foo Fighters
e|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
G|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
D|-------7-----------7----|-------11----------11---|-------11----------11---|-------11----11-11----11|
A|-------5-----------5----|-------9-----------9----|-------9-----------9----|-------9-----9--9-----9-|
D|-5--5-----5--5--5-----5-|-9--9-----9--9--9-----9-|-9--9-----9--9--9-----9-|-0--0-----0--------0----|
"Harvest Moon" - Neil Young
e|----0------0---0---0------|----9------9------9----9----9------|
B|----10-----12--12--12-----|----10-----10-----10---10---10-----|
G|----11-----11--11--11-----|----11-----11-----11---11---11-----|
D|--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A|--------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|-0------------------------|-0---------------------------------|
"Heart Shaped Box" - Nirvana
e|-----------------|------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
B|-----------------|------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
G|-----2-----------|------------------|-----2-----------|-----------------0-|
D|---2---2-----3---|------0-(0)---0---|-2-2---2-----3---|---3h4-4---4---4-0-|
A|-0---------3---3-|----0-------0---0-|-0---------3-----|---------0---3-3---|
D|---------3-------|-0----------------|---------3-----3-|-0-----------------|
"Killing in the Name Of" - Rage Against the Machine
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|-------------3h4----------------|
A|-----3h5-x-x-----5--0--2s3--2---|
D|--0-----------------0--2s3--2---|
"Moby Dick" - Led Zeppelin
e|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|-----5---5p3----------------------|-----5---5p3----------------------|
D|-0-----------5-3-----5-3-----5---3|-0-----------5-3-----5-3-----5---3|
"Outshined" - Soundgarden
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|---------------5---------|
D|-0-0-3-5-3-0-3-5-6-5-3-5-|
A|-0-0-3-5-3-0-3-3-6-5-3-5-|
D|-0-0-3-5-3-0-3---6-5-3-5-|
"Them Bones" - Alice in Chains
e|----------------------------|----------------------------|
B|--6-------------------------|-6--------------------------|
G|--5-------------------------|-5--------------------------|
D|--0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|
A|--0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|
D|--0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|
"Walk" - Pantera
e|---------------------|---------------------|
B|---------------------|---------------------|
G|---------------------|---------------------|
D|---------------------|---------------------|
A|-0--0-2\1-0--0-2\1-0-|--0-2\1-0---0-2\1-0--|
D|-0--0-2\1-0--0-2\1-0-|--0-2\1-0---0-2\1-0--|
"Your Body is a Wonderland" - John Mayer
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------10--x--10------10--x--10-----10--x--10-------10--x--10-------------|
D|-------10--x--10------10--x--10-----10--x--10-------10--x--10-------------|
A|---8-------x--8-----------x-------------x---------------x-----------------|
D|-----------x------10------x--10--8------x--8----10------x--10-------------|

Step 2: Double Drop D

Our second alternate tuning will be the Double Drop D. Since our E6 string is already tuned to D, the way to get to Double Drop D from Drop D would be to tune the E1 string down one step from E down to D.

That's it!

With the Double Drop D, there are more subtle nuances, especially when playing an acoustic guitar (as some of these example show). The outside strings are tuned to D, providing a lower sound. It also allows for some interesting chords that are previously unavailable to us in standard tuning.

Let's take a look at some famous songs written in Double Drop D.

"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers
d|--------|--------0----------------0---------| 
B|--------|----1----------------3-------------|
G|--------|----0------------0h2-2-------------|
D|--------|----2--------------0---------------|
A|----1/2-|--0---0--------------------1/2-----|
D|--------|----------2/3--0-------0-----------|
"Cinnamon Girl" – Neil Young
d|---5--7--7--7-----7-----0----------------------------|
B|---5--7--7--7-----7-----1----------------------------|
G|---5--7--7--7-----7-----0--0--0----------------------|
D|---5--7--7--7-----7-----2--0--0---3---5--------------|
A|---0--0--0--0-----0-----3--2--0---3---5--------------|
D|---0--0--0--0-----0---------------3---5--------------|
"Devils & Dust" – Bruce Springsteen
d|------0-------0-0--------0--|-----0-0-0-----0-0-0--0--0-0--|----0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
B|--------------3-3--------3--|-----3-3-3--3--3-3-3--3--3-3--|----3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
G|--------0---------0-0----0--|------------0--0-0-0--0--0-0--|----0--0-0-------0-0--|
D|---0-------4--------5-4-----|--0---------4--4------5--5-5--|--0-5----4-------5-5--|
A|---0-------0----------------|--0---------0-----------------|--0-------------------|
D|---0-------0----------------|--0---------0-----------------|--0-------------------|
"The End" – The Doors
d|---------------||------------------|-----------------|------------------|
B|---------------||---------3----2---|-3------3---2----|-3-------3--------|
G|--------------.||-----------2------|----------2------|-----------2------|
D|-------0----0-.||-------0------0---|------0-----0----|------0-------0---|
A|-----0----0----||----0-------------|----0------------|----0-------------|
D|--0------------||-0----------------|-0---------------|-0----------------|
"Going to California" – Led Zeppelin
d|-5-----4-------0-|-------0-------|-5-----4-------0-|-------0---------|
B|---0-------0-----|---5-------0---|---0-------0-----|---5---0---------|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0-|-----0-------0---|-----------------|
D|-----------------|---------------|-----------------|-----0-----0-----|
A|-----------------|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-5-------5-------|-5-------5-----|-5-------5-------|-5-------5-------|
d|----------------0-|--------0------7-|--0-------9--------12---12----0----0-|
B|-5h7-7-5----------|---/5---------10-|-10------10---10---10---10---10------|
G|-7---------/7-----|--------7--------|--9h11---11---9----11---11------11---|
D|-----0--------0---|------0-----0----|-------0---------0-----------------0-|
A|------------------|-----------------|-------------------------------------|
D|-0-------0--------|-0--------0------|--0---------0---------0--------------|
"It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" - Bob Dylan
d|-0---0---0-0-0---3--/5-----3-3---|
B|-3---3---3-3-3---1--/3-----1-1---|
G|-2---2---2-2-2---2--/4-----2-2---|
D|-0---0---0-0-0---0---0-----0-0---|
A|-0---0---0-0-0---0---0-----0-0---|
D|-0---0---0-0-0---0---0-----0-0---|

"The Loner" – Neil Young
d|-10---12---5---7-(7)--|---0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-|
B|-10---12---5---7-(7)--|---1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-|-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-|
G|-10---12---5---7-(7)--|---0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2-2-|
D|----------------------|---2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-|-2-2-2-2--0-0-0-0-0-|
A|----------------------|---3-3-3-3------------|-3-3-3-3------------|-3-3-3-3------------|
D|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
"Ohio" – Neil Young
d|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|-----3------3--------------|-------3------3--------------|
G|-----0h2--2---0----0----0--|-------0h2--2----0-----0-----|
D|--0--------------3---------|--0-----------------3--------|
A|-----------------------3---|--------------------------3--|
D|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
"Song for George" – Eric Johnson
d|-0--------|----5\7--10------3---0--0--------0---|---0-----------------------------------|
B|--5-------|----------------------------------3------|---------------------------------------|
G|---0------|------------------------------2p0--------|------------------------------------|
D|----0-----|----0-------------0------0--------2--0---|-0-------0--------0---------0---0---|
A|-----0----|-----------------------------------------|-------0------0h3----------------3-----|
D|------5p0-|-0-------------------0---------------0---|-----3---------------0-----------------|

Step 3: Open G

For our third and final alternate tuning, we arrive at the Open G.

To get to Open G from Double Drop D, we simply lower our A5 string one step down to G. That's it!

This tuning is used in many blues and rock songs. Its appeal is that you can lay a finger across all six strings and create a major chord. This is ideal for slide guitar, as shown in a few examples below.

Let's take a look at some of the most famous songs using the Open G tuning.

"Bad to the Bone" – George Thorogood
d|--------------|-0-----------0----------|-0-----------0------------|
B|---0---5-0-3/-|-0-----------0---5-0-3/-|-0-----------0---5-0-3/---|
G|---0-0-5-0-3/-|-0-----------0-0-5-0-3/-|-0-----------0-0-5-0-3/---|
D|---0-0-5-0-3/-|-0-----------0-0-5-0-3/-|-0-----------0-0-5-0-3/---|
G|--------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
D|--------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
"Black Country Woman" – Led Zeppelin
d|--3--2--0--5---5-|-----3--2--0--5--0--------|--3--2-0-5-----5-|
B|--3--2--0--0---0-|--0--3--2--0--0--0-------0|0-3--2-0-0--0--0-|
G|--0--0--0--0---0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0-------0|0-0--0-0-0--0--0-|
D|--0--0--0--0---0-|--0--0--0--0--0----------0|0-0--0-0-0--0--0-|
G|--0--0--0--0---0-|--0--0--0--0--0-----3b4--0|0-0--0-0-0-----0-|
D|-----------------|--------------------------|-----------------|
"Brown Sugar" – The Rolling Stones
d|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|
B|----13---12----5-|---5---6-6---5---|------13---12----5-|---5---6-6-5-5----|
G|----12---12----5-|---5---5-5---5---|------12---12----5-|---5---5-5-5-5----|
D|----14---12----5-|---5---7-7---5---|------14---12----5-|---5---7-7-5-5----|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|------------------|
"Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" - The Rolling Stones
d|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
G|--10p9--7--9p7-----------------------|-------------------------------------|
D|--10p9--7--9p7--10p9--7--7--9--7-----|-7-(7)-7--9p7--10p9--7--7--9--7------|
G|----------------10p9--7--7--7--7-----|-7-(7)-7--9p7---7----7--7--7--7------|
D|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
"Dancing Days" (live) – Led Zeppelin
d|-0-0-0--------------0-0-0--------------0-0-0-------------|
B|-2-3-2h3p2p0--------2-3-2h3p2p0--------2-3-2h3p2p0-------|
G|-0-0-0--------------0-0-0--------------0-0-0--------7/5--|
D|-0-0-0-------0-3-0--0-0-0-------0-3-0--0-0-0--------mute-|
G|-0-0-0-------0-3-0--0-0-0-------0-3-0--0-0-0--------7/5--|
D|-0-0-0--------------0-0-0--------------0-0-0-------------|
"Daughter" – Pearl Jam
d|-0-0--0--0------0---0---0-0-0--0----|-0--0----0--0-0-0-0--------------------|
B|-0-0--0--0------0---0---0-0-0--0----|-0--0----0--0-0-0-0--------------------|
G|-0-0--0--0---/--0---0---0-0-0--0----|-0--0--/-0--0-0-0-0--------------------|
D|-0-0--0--7------9---7---9-9-9--9----|-0--7----9--7-7-7-7--------------------|
G|-0-0--0--5------7---5---7-7-7--7----|-0--5----7--5-5-5-5--------------------|
D|-0-0--0--0------0---0---0-0-0--0----|-0--0----0--0-0-0-0--------------------|
d|-0-0----0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-----------------------|
B|-0-0----0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-----------------------|
G|-0-0-/--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--/-0-----------------------|
D|-0-7----9--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7----9-----------------------|
G|-0-5----7--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5----7-----------------------|
D|-0-0----0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-----------------------|
"Death Letter" – Son House
d|-----------3/5~-----|
B|---------0----------|
G|---0-2/3-0------0---|
D|---0-2/3-0------0---|
G|---0------------0---|
D|-3------------------|
"Fearless" – Pink Floyd
D|-0----0-0-0-0---------0-0-0-0---------|
B|--0---0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-----|
G|---0--0-----0---------0-----0-----2-0-| X2
D|----0-0-----0---------0-----0---------|
G|-----00-----0---------0-----0---------|
D|--------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------0-0-0-0---------0-0---|
B|-------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-1-0-----0-0---|
G|---------4-0-0-5-0-0-7-0-0-9-0-0-11-0-12\0-0-----0-----2-0-0-0---| X3
D|-------------------------------------------0-----0---------0-0---|
G|-0-0-0-0-4-0-0-5-0-0-7-0-0-9-0-0-11-0-12\0-0-----0---------0-0---|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
"Honky Tonk Women" – The Rolling Stones
d|---------------------------------------0----0---0---0---0---|-----0--------0--0--0--0--0--0--|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|--------------------3--3--3--3--|
G|---0-------0---0---0------0---0---0----2b4--2b4-0---2---0---|---2/4-\-2----0-----0--2--0—-0--|
D|---0-------0---0---0------0---0---0-------------------------|---2/4-\-2----0-----0--2--0--0--|
G|---0-------0---0---0------0---0---0-------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------|
"I Can't Be Satisfied" – Muddy Waters
d|--9/12--0------0--|-----0---------|--9/12--0------0--|-----0---------|
B|--------0--12--0--|-----0---------|--------0--12--0--|-----0---------|
G|--------0------0--|--12-0---------|--------0------0--|--12-0---------|
D|--------0------0--|-----0---0-3-0-|--------0------0--|-----0---0-3-0-|
G|--------0------0--|-----0---------|--------0------0--|-----0---------|
D|------------------|---------------|------------------|---------------|
"In My Time of Dying" (live) - Led Zeppelin
d|----------------------------/12---------------|
B|---/3-2-0-2-3-5---0-/3-\0---/12---------------|
G|---/3-2-0-2-3-5---0-/3-\0---/12---------------|
D|---/3-2-0-2-3-5---0-/3-\0---------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
"Jealous Again" – The Black Crowes
d|-----7---------------------------|
B|--/7-7-----------------8---------|
G|--/7---7--------7------7------7--|
D|---------9-7--7-7--7h9---9-7--7--|
G|---------9-7----7--7-----7-7--7--|
D|---------------------------------|
"Lit Up" - Buckcherry
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---5-0---0---0-5-0--0---5-6-6---6--5-6-5--5-6-5--0-------|
G|---5-0---0---0-5-0--0---5-5-5---5--5-5-5--5-5-5--0-------|
D|---5-0---0---0-5-0--0---5-5-5---5--5-5-5--5-5-5--0-------|
G|---5-0---0---0-5-0--0---5-5-5---5--5-5-5--5-5-5--0-------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
"Pink Houses" – John Mellencamp
d|----|------------------5--5--5---|--2----------5-----5---5---------|
B|----|------------------3--3--3---|--0----------3-----3---3---------|
G|----|----0---0----0----0--0--0---|--1----------0-----0---0---------|
D|----|--------0----0----0--0--0---|--2------0---0-----0---0---------|
G|-0--|/4------0----0----0--0--0---|--0------0---0-----0---0----0----|
D|----|----------------------------|---------------------------------|
"Red Rooster" – Howlin' Wolf
Capo 2
d|--------/5~---------------/5~---------------/5~---------------/5~----------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-/3--0------2-0-2--/3--0------2-2-2--/3--0------2-2-2--/3--0---------------|
D|-/3--0-------------/3--0-------------/3--0-------------/3--0---------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
"Remedy" – The Black Crowes
d|--------|-----------------------|--------------------5---|
B|--------|-----------------------|--------------------5---|
G|--------|-10-----9--(9)--(9)S5--|-(5)-5---------5--5-7b8r|
D|--------|-10----10-(10)-(10)S5--|-(5)-5-5h=7----5--5-----|
G|--------|-10-----9--(9)--(9)S5--|-(5)---5-(5)---5--5-----|
D|--------|-----------------------|------------------------|
"Romeo & Juliet" – Dire Straits
Capo 3
d|-4--------4---(4)-----2-----2-|-0---------0---(0)---------2---|
B|-------3----------3-3-----2---|-0------0----------0-0-2h3-2---|
G|-----2------2-----2-2---2-----|-----0-(0)---0-----0-0-------2-|
D|---4---4----------4-4---------|---0------------0--------------|
G|---------------2------2-------|----------------0------2-------|
D|-0----------------------------|-------------------------------|
"Start Me Up" – The Rolling Stones
d|---5--5--5--|--5--5--5--|-5--5--5-----|-----------------------------5--5-5-5-| 
B|---5--6--6--|--5--6--6--|-5--6--6-----|--0h3---4-3--3--3-4-x-3-4----5--5-6-6-|
G|---5--5--5--|--5--5--5--|-5--5--5-----|--0h3-3-3-3--3--3-3-x-3-3----5--5-5-5-|
D|---5--7--7--|--5--7--7--|-5--7--7-----|--0h3-3-5-3--3--3-5-x-3-5----5--5-7-7-|
G|---5--5--5--|--5--5--5--|-5--5--5-----|--0h3-3-3-3--3--3-3-x-3-3----5--5-5-5-|
D|------------|-----------|-------------|--------------------------------------|
"That's the Way" - Led Zeppelin
d|--0-0-0-0--2--4---4---4--4----4-4-4-4--2--0---0---2-2-2-0--|
B|--0-0-0-0--1--3---3---0--0----3-3-3-3--1--0---0---1-1-1-0--|
G|--0-0-0-0--0--0-------0-------0-0-0-0--0--0-------0-0-0-0--|
D|--0-0-0-0--2--4-------0-------4-4-4-4--2--0-------2-2-2-0--|
G|--*-------------------0----0--------------0-----0----------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
"Tumbling Dice" – The Rolling Stones
Capo 4
d|--0-------------------------------|--------------------------------| 
B|--1/3/1p0---------------0---------|--0------0---1-0------0---1-0---|
G|--2/4/2p0--0-----0------0---------|--0------0---0-0------0---0-0---|
D|--0--------0h2p0-0------0---------|--0---2--0---2-0---2--0---2-0---|
G|-----------------2/4/2--0---------|--0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0---|
D|----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
"Twice as Hard" – The Black Crowes
d|--------------------------------------------------| 
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--0-0--------5----5/0-0--------5----5/0-0---------|
G|--0-0-2h4p2--5----5/0-0-2h4p2--5----5/0-0-2h4ph2--|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
"Walkin' Blues" - Eric Clapton
d|-10/12-12-12-11/12-12-12-11/12-12-12-11/12-12-12-----------------------------------------0--|
B|-10/12-------------------11/12-------11/12-------11/12---11/12-11/12---11/12--------x-------|
G|-------------------------------------------------11/12---11/12---------------12-----x-------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------12-----x-------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
"Fearless" – Pink Floyd
D|-0----0-0-0-0---------0-0-0-0---------|
B|--0---0-0-0-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-----|
G|---0--0-----0---------0-----0-----2-0-| X2
D|----0-0-----0---------0-----0---------|
G|-----00-----0---------0-----0---------|
D|--------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------0-0-0-0---------0-0---|
B|-------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-1-0-----0-0---|
G|---------4-0-0-5-0-0-7-0-0-9-0-0-11-0-12\0-0-----0-----2-0-0-0---| X3
D|-------------------------------------------0-----0---------0-0---|
G|-0-0-0-0-4-0-0-5-0-0-7-0-0-9-0-0-11-0-12\0-0-----0---------0-0---|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Well done! You have taken an exciting journey into the art of alternate tunings. Play around with each tuning and see what new sounds you can make. Who knows, we may end up adding one of your riffs to this lesson someday!

Come Up to Standard

To return to standard tuning, you will need to tune:
  • E6 up one step from D to E
  • A5 up one step from G to A,
  • E1 up one step from D to E
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    travislausch
    Open G: Pretty much every Rolling Stones song ever. Does Keith Richards even play in standard at all? I'm not being sarcastic, I legitimately don't know. Every "official" Rolling Stones transcription I've seen is in open-G (with the low D string removed altogether since he doesn't use it).
    govajoj45
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    stereosmiles
    I like Drop-B (Rusty Cage) because it gives you an octave when you play a power chord. But does anyone else use it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
    henrihell
    That riff from "the end" could be played in just drop D. And the Brown Sugar riff doesn't include a single note on the detuned strings. Way to go giving examples!
    rustyfo
    This is exactly how I usually do it when I'm just casually playing. Probably mostly because I'm lazy lol. From Double Drop D it's super simple to get to DADGAD as well (just drob the B, 2nd-string to an A). It's equivalent to an open Dsus4 so lots of songs to be found there. Kashmir comes to mind as one I think is in DADGAD.
    Kreuger
    Walk is way wrong. And the riff for Ohio doesnt even use the high D. Fail
    IL76
    That's right. Pantera's Walk is played in standard tuning a full step down. Same with 5 Mins Alone, also not in drop D, like many people think. (check the vid:
    ). It also amazes me that many people play 'The Thing That Should Not Be' in drop D, which it isn't.
    travislausch
    Normally, I'm one of those people sticking up for tab book companies, but I have to admit, even they put "Walk" in drop-D tuning, and it clearly isn't. I actually didn't know about "The Thing That Should Not Be" but that's probably for the same reason, the tab book says drop-D...