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Alternate Tuning Guide
DADGAD Tuning
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Tuning Tips
  • Start by tuning your sixth string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.
  • Then tune your second string down a tone to A. Check the tuning with the fifth (A) string.
  • Lastly, tune your first string down a tone to D. Check the tuning with the fourth (D) string.

Tab of Songs in This Tuning...

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin tune that makes effective use of the DADGAD tuning. Some really nice riffs to learn here.

Poles Apart - Pink Floyd tune from The Division Bell which features some DADGAD playing from guitarist David Gilmour. This one might be tricky.

Amazing Grace - A pretty, short arrangement of the standard hymn in DADGAD tuning. This will sound impressive with practice.

DADGAD Tab Archive - Celtic tunes, and other styles of music, all to be played in DADGAD tuning. This is a great find! Many transcriptions are in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format.

Black Mountainside - Another Led Zep tune, this is guitarist Jimmy Page's uncredited interpretation of the Burt Jansch DADGAD tune "Black Waterside".

Other Resources

Chords in DADGAD - A wide variety of Dmajor, Dminor, and Gmajor type chords in DADGAD tuning.

DADGAD Chord Shapes - More chords can be found on this informative DADGAD page.

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