I'm going to assume you already know the number of each string if not then, bottom string to top string is 1-6. And before we get into this lesson, I will also explain "true" drop tuning. It's really simple but I'm surprised how many people don't know it. For example, most people think that "Drop C
" is CGCFAD
, which really isn't true.
"True" drop tuning is dropping ONLY the low E string
while the rest of the string remain the same. CGCFAD
is actually Drop D
down one step which is the low E string
dropped to C
and the rest dropped one step. But I think the masses of guitar players would say "Drop C
" sounds cooler than "Drop D Down 1 Step
." "True" Drop C
tuning sounds a little weird so they use CGCFAD
because the pitches match, so CGCFAD
has become sort of the standard term for "Drop C
" So yeah, "true" drop tuning is really dropping ONLY the low E string
. Okay so enough of that, to the lesson.
1. Drop D (DADGBe)
My favorite tuning to play in and is one of the simplest. It sounds great and almost every rock band has used it. You just drop the low E
) string down one step to D
For Drop D
tuning most standard strings that come on a guitar will work.
2. Drop C (CADGBe, or CGCFAD)
Used mostly in metalcore/post-hardcore, "true" Drop C
is still pretty simple but the most commonly used version is a little more tricky. What you do is set your guitar into Drop D
then drop all the strings down one step.
For "true" Drop C
: For the widely used Drop C
For Drop C
I recommend using a heavier gauge of strings, .010-.052 (if you mainly only use the top three strings) or .012-.052.
3. Drop B (BADGBe, or, B F# B E G# C#)
Again this is used a lot by metalcore/post-hardcore bands. This one is a little difficult. Set your guitar into Drop D
then drop each string 1 1/2 steps down.
For "true" Drop B
: for the more commonly used Drop B
For Drop B
definitely use .012-.052.
4. Drop A (AADGBE or, A# F A# D# G# C)
I won't cover this one because I don't recommend doing this if you have a 6-string as it's usually played on a 7-string. Using Drop A
on a six string is a little extreme and could harm your guitar. (Sorry, I just don't want you blaming me if your strings snap or guitar is damaged trying to do this).
For Drop C
, you may have to adjust your guitars intonation, and adjust the truss rod.
Well thank you for viewing my lesson, I hoped this thoroughly explained the difference between "true" dropped tuning and what the majority of players accept and use.