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Dobro Lessons: Alternate Tunings: Open D

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In this
lesson we're
gonna talk
about open
D tuning.
I've got my guitar tuned to this, to this
low open D tuning.
you can hear the full sound that it gets.
So what we're gonna do in this lesson, I'm
gonna tell you how to tune to get this
tuning, and some of the dis, different
ways it can be useful to you.
And how to, an easy way to get started
playing in this tuning.
So, this tuning can be really versatile.
You can use it for real pretty sounding
Or you can use it for
really sorta mean dirty sounding stuff.
So it naturally has a pretty
kind of a bluesy sound and
that's because you've got a root
note on the highest string.
Now in the G tuning you've got a fifth on
the highest string, but here you've got
the root.
So that gives it a really cool kind of
bluesy sound.
Now what the tuning is, is D, A,
D, F-sharp, A, D.
So you've got a major D chord, and
compared to the standard G tuning,
everything is pretty much tuned down some.
So you, your G string, the low G string is
not tuned all the way down to a D.
So that's a really low string, and you'll
notice it gets a little bit floppy,
because the lower tension, but that's
You can, if you have a instrument,
you wanna keep in this tuning, use a
heavier gauge string on that low string.
But I just use my standard gauges, which
are 17,
19, 28, 36, 46, 56.
And so, you've got your low D, and
then your two B strings on the fifth, and
second string get tuned down to A's.
So you got D, A, D.
Your two D strings stay the same.
That's all that stays the same.
These two, the first and fourth.
And then your middle G string here.
Goes down a half step to F-sharp.
So D, A, D, F-sharp, A, D, and part of the
reason it sounds so
full is it's lower, but it's also to full
So you only have an octave in a half open
on the G standard G tune.
So what I tune to this open D one easy way
to get started is if you look at some of
the patterns you might use.
It really looks the same, you can play the
same as you do in the open G tuning.
Just shifted down a string, so imagine
you're in G tuning, but this second
string is actually your high D string, so
So right there I can use a lot of the same
patterns that I normally use in G shifted
down in one string.
Of course it's also in the key of D, it's
a different key.
the pattern looks pretty much the same.
Of course you still got your one, four,
and five chords,
they're all in the same place, just in D.
So let's go over just a quick D major
scale here in this tuning, starting on the
lowest string.
Back down.
that's your D
major scale.
[COUGH] You might wanna also practice your
D major pentatonic.
Now, you can also
easily get a D minor
pentatonic by focusing
more on the third fret.
I'm skipping
the third string,
the major third on this.
So I've written out a few exercises here
in the D major tuning to give you the
scale and
that'll just get you started.
I recommend just sort of playing around in
this tuning sound and
starting to get familiar with it, and then
after a little bit, we'll go into a tune.