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Question Regarding Drop D Tuning

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by rowyco, May 10, 2006.


  1. rowyco

    rowyco

    Sep 24, 2004
    Traverse City, MI
    I did a search already on drop D tuning (DADG) and couldn't find the information I needed, so here's my question...

    What scales/modes can you use while playing in this tuning? Any suggestion of what kind of patterns you could use while playing would be very helpful. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Since the bottom 2 strings are tuned in 5ths, it's handy to play major and minor scales in one position over 2 strings. Example: DEFG on the low D string and ABCD on the A plays the notes in a C major scale over 2 strings without shifting positions.
     
  3. Jeff Martinez

    Jeff Martinez

    May 10, 2005
    Denver, CO
    To make things even more interesting, try tuning the G up to A (D-A-D-A). I've been playing in this tuning for 12 years. It really extends your range, and allows for some great chords.
     
  4. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    bass chords or guitar chords played one note at a time for a bass?
     
  5. Jeff Martinez

    Jeff Martinez

    May 10, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Bass chords. It works well for my style, I tend to play a lot of chords.
     
  6. pierce

    pierce freethinker

    May 25, 2000
    San Francisco, Ca

    isnt this claypool's 4-string tuning, also?
     
  7. Jeff Martinez

    Jeff Martinez

    May 10, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Could be. I'm not much of a fan of Les :bag:
     

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