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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Drop D Tuning

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Tips and Techniques, Drop D Tuning.
This lesson is about drop D tuning.
Instead of just.
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Regular guitar tuning
you tune down the low E
string one whole step to D.
So.
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Like this.
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And this is very common in blues.
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And it's very common when people
use a slide like this slide.
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And in country and in pop music as well.
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So you, you get a.
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A lower base note.
Instead of low E you get a low D.
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And this is great when you play in,
in a key, for instance, like this.
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But it also makes a difference because you
have to learn other fingerings for
the chords.
For instance, a G chord, you have to,
if you play a G chord, like this.
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the usual way of playing it like this.
Now when the bass note is when,
when he dropped it down a whole step.
You need to find the G here in,
for instance.
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And
of course the A chord, you can still
have this one, but if you want to play
it up here you need to find the base here,
instead of here, the usual one.
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And if you want to use, like,
the D chord and have the third.
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F sharp in the base.
Instead of having it
here it's suddenly here.
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So.
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G.
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And A.
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Or like that.
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Or this one where.
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So
maybe you can do a chord
sequence like this.
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D.
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So E.
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E
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The bass.
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F sharp.
And then up to D with G in the bass.
So.
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I'm playing a continuous A.
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Like that.
So, you have to learn different voicings.
Different base how to position the base
note when you're using a drop D tuning.
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And
I will show you a nice
sequence that I like to use.
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It goes like this.
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When
you take advantage of
these low notes you have.
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This would be on the third of D.
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This is a G.
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This is B.
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This is A.
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Like that.
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Now you can use your fingers if you like.
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For now I'm using a pick, then.
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This is a G.
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This is fifth, this is root,
this is a major.
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Third.
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And this, it's the major 7th.
So.
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Here is an F and this is a 6th and
this is the 9th.
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This is the sixth once again.
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And here we have a E, E flat.
Sorry, E flat.
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We have the major 7th.
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And B flat, the 5th.
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That's a nice one.
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I'm using my thumb for
E flat, you can use a different
fingering if you like,
if you feel better to do
like this instead of this.
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That's just a little nice exercise.
How to take advantage of
the possibilities of a drop D tune.
So try to make up your own chord
sequence using this drop D tuning.
Find some new interesting voicings with,
using some of these low bass notes.
And send in a video to the site.
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