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Alternate Tuning Guide
Open D Tuning
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Tuning Tips
  • Tune your sixth string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.
  • Tune your third string down a semitone to F#. Check the tuning with the fourth fret of your fourth string.
  • Tune your second string down a tone to A. Check the tuning with the fifth (A) string.
  • Tune your first string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.

Tab of Songs in This Tuning...

Anticipate - This Ani DiFranco song from her album Not So Soft uses a variety of different chords in open D tuning.

She Talks to Angels - This Black Crowes song uses open D tuning to create some interesting riffs that would be much harder in standard tuning. Scroll past the first part of the tab to see the song transcribed in open D.

Chelsea Morning - A somewhat intricate song in open D tuning. You'll have to learn a lot of unfamiliar chord shapes to play this one.

Graduate - This Third Eye Blind song uses the combination of open D tuning and a hammer on/pull off technique to create a very cool effect.

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - This CSN tab may or may not be correct, and it's certainly confusing, but for those who want to take on the task, this song works very nicely in open D tuning.

Other Resources

Open D Guitar Lesson - A nice tutorial on using open D tuning, that includes basic theory, and some songs to try and play.

Richie Havens Lesson - The guitarist who was introduced to millions through Woodstock shares his guitar technique, one which finds the guitarist using open D tuning constantly.

Open D Chord Charts - Alan Horvath provides a not fully complete, but still informative listing of chords available for use in open D tuning.

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