In the early 1990s we saw grunge rock music emerge onto the mainstream popular music market, and it seemed like dropped D tuning was all the rage where songwriting was concerned, and in many instances it was. It might come as quite a big surprise to a large number of younger, new and intermediate guitarists that the whole concept of dropped D tuning didn’t actually begin and end with grunge rock music.

The use of dropped D tuning in guitar oriented music can be heard in Classical guitar pieces such as Grand Solo by Fernando Sor, Prelude by Frédéric François Chopin, Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega, Bianco Fiore by Cesare Negri, Sheep May Safely Graze by Johann Sebastian Bach, Plaisir d’amour by Jean Paul Martini, March from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Hava Nagila just to name a few.

In conclusion, if using dropped D tuning is something you would like to experiment with and possibly even adopt into your own guitar playing style then you will want to start with the strings being tuned to A440 then take the 6th string, (low E) which is the thickest string on the guitar and lower (loosen) it by one whole tone/full step down to D.


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