TeCh­nique Fo­Cus

Drop d tun­ing

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: ROCK -

Matt Bel­lamy orig­i­nally per­formed the gui­tar parts for New Born us­ing drop D tun­ing. The low D (sixth string down a tone from E) adds depth and power to the sound, and it also makes play­ing power chords eas­ier as they can be voiced on a one-fin­ger barre. To get into this tun­ing sim­ply drop the sixth string down a tone to D. The notes on each of the six strings will now be (D-A-D-G-B-E). This re­tun­ing can be done with a chro­matic tuner, but it is also good prac­tice to tune the string by ear us­ing the open fourth string as a ref­er­ence. If your gui­tar has a float­ing vi­brato unit the whole gui­tar will go out of tune due to the re­duc­tion in string ten­sion. To rem­edy this is­sue sim­ply tune all six strings a cou­ple of times with a tuner un­til the tun­ing set­tles down. The drop D tun­ing has be­come popular among heavy rock out­fits, and is also a com­mon, key com­po­nent of the riffs of bands like Rage Against The Ma­chine, Soundgar­den and King’s X.

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