1 Drop D
Just Detune 6th string E down to D(1 step)
Tips for drop D
You will notice that with one finger across the 5th and 6th gives a power chord i.e. 1st and the 5th (so no minor on major 3rd). Therefore in Drop D all standard tuning chords move up 2 frets
example G power =3 standard= 5 in drop D
2 B Tuning ie 4500 times(realya B6 tuning)
5th tune A up to B(1 step)
*6th tune down to B(2 and a 1/2 steps)*
*Problems may arise if using a low gauge string will tend to very loose a go out of tune.
"4500 times tuned to a B tuning with a .60 gauge bottom E string" taken from http://www.statusquo.co.uk/quo/rickparfitt.htm"
I have had a guitar set up to deal with problem use a .70 for the 6th string
GHS Zakk Wylde Signature Series Boomers 11-70
3 Standard Open G(Spanish tuning as also know as)
1st Detune E down to D(1 step)
2nd B no change
3rd G no change
4th D no change
5th Detune A down to G(1 step)
6th Tune E up to G(1 and 1/2 steps)
take care with this as this will put a lot of strain on neck and may destroy you guitar, i took mine to to be set up for this strain**
**As seen on Rick Parfitt's Rhythm Method for Rain, Mystery song and Hold you're back. Ricks guitar has been adjusted to take the strain for heavy strings
"The gauge of the strings Rick uses are: .14 .17 .26w .36w 46w 56w. (these are heavy gauge strings!)"
info taken from http://www.statusquo.co.uk/quo/rickparfitt.htm
4 Detune 1st E down to B for POMM and Ice in the sun.
same idea as 4500 times but in reverse!
Francis Detunes the 1st E(thinest of the guitar strings) down to B.
Therefore we now have unison B note is same note as the B sring ie 2nd string tuned to B as normal. same idea as 12 string guitar ie they all double up.
The snag is the 1st string will be very slack due to tension dropping. You will notice Francis usese a differnt tele for that.
Solution if ypu have spare guitar theni try string gauge of .14 (since it detuned down to B) .
But that just my opion(since i play slide guitar i am used to having very gauge string like .16 for the resonator it coped with 1st=d, and for tele .65 gauge for the 6th= D solid for the slide stuff)
Quote From : rockinronnie January 31, 2011, 9:51 pm
I do use Open G on a Strat Squire with medium gauge strings. It copes , but I do immediately detune after a couple of songs. Obviously this is NOT a recommendation!
thanks rockinronnie I know what it was like when getting confused with different tunnings
Oh i knew i forgot to mention people with Strats or Floyed rose tremolos.
More technical info(from bitter exp )
They have 3 spings to hold the bridge in place but you can add 2 more springs to deal with heavy strings.
*****caution this will cause havoc with action of the guitar(height of string above the fretboard) that will bring down so due this it would be safer to take a local guitar repair shop to be on safe side******
beginners How to tune to open G, Drop D and B tunings
4 For POMM and Ice in the sun. Francis Detunes the 1st E(thinest of the guitar strings) down to B. Therefore we now have unison B note that they same 2nd string tuned to B as normal. The snag is the 1st string will be very slack due to tension dropping. You will notice Francis usese a differnt tele for that.
Beginners how to tune to open g, drop d and b tunings
By then end of this I hope it help you to understand some basics of the Drop D We will look power chord, trick is know that the root note is 6th string, and one figer doe the job, and the you move the root on standard 6th string(E ) up by two fret. We will look at finding the key of DD chord shapesG chord shape Boogie notes. Great for slide (demo at the end)