Learning how to play the guitar comes with many challenges. If you are stuck in a rut or you are looking for something new and expressive, open tunings can change your perspective on how to play the guitar.
Here at Acoustic Life, we love introducing guitar geeks to new concepts. Whether you have played open D tunings or you have never heard of open tunings, our quick run-down of the open D-minor tuning can help you with your guitar journey.
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Before we launch into our discussion of the open D-minor tuning, let’s get acquainted with the concept of tuning the guitar. Typically, the guitar is tuned EADGBe. This tuning tunes each string a perfect fourth apart from each other — in other words, the fourth scale degree of an open string is the next string (with the exception of the G string to the B string).
In open tunings, we change the standard tuning to create a lush, open chord. This means that whenever you strum all the strings, you are actually playing a chord. One of the most popular open tunings, open D tuning, tunes a guitar DADGAD. For another unique twist, some players play DADF#AD. This second tuning adds an interesting layer because it swaps the perfect fourth (G) for a major third (F#).
Many guitar lessons online or guitar classes will teach you a variety of open tunings. At Acoustic Life, we are always striving to improve your guitar experience. We have talked about open G tunings, power chords, drop D tunings, power chords in drop-D tuning, and so much more. So, we wanted to share with you one of the more original and obscure open tunings: the D-minor open tuning.
D-Minor Open Tuning
One of the best things about open tunings is they transform your perspective of the fretboard. The open D-minor tuning dramatically changes all of your chords and fingerings on the guitar. In some ways, playing certain chords and scales becomes easier. In other ways, open D-minor tuning presents unique challenges.
Tuning your guitar to open D-minor tuning starts with tuning your low E string down to a D. From there, keep the A and D strings the same. The G string drops a whole step to an F — this makes the open tuning minor since F is the minor third of D. The B string drops to an A, and the high E string drops to a D. The final tuning — DADFAD.
There you have it! You now have the open D-minor tuning. It can be a little difficult getting used to it, but one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the new tuning is playing a minor scale on the high D string. It might not seem like much, but you can strum all of the strings while playing the D-minor scale on the high D.
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cool lesson Tony
Tony – love the Drop D! Beautiful guitar – what make and model?
Great and fun lesson. Love the Collings guitar! Will work on this new “stack & staggered” cord progression and see what I can come up with musically! P.S. Just added a 52nd guitar to my guitarnisal! Bmoore
Not a Collings…but a Bourgeois!
Your teaching skills are amazing. I think I used to hear this open dm tuning often in Spain . Thank you.
A new one for me and really excited to go and try it out. Many thanks.
Thank you very much for your lesson
If you like this: note that on a parlor guitar the open Emin (E’BEGbe) may sound better because of the higher string tension matching the proporties of the smaller body. Especially on a shorter scale. You only need to tune your fourth and fifth string one full step up (they can take it). I love it.
🚩OMG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve seen so many articles about Drop Tunning, and just blew by them. Then You.. Played! 🎶 And You Turned On the Light that I haven’t been in touch with in sometime. To Create! You reminded me of the very special relationship between my Guitar and myself. U also woke up all the feelings of love for Acoustic Guitar. Tony, you hit a huge nerve, and I Thank You! Now if I can find a way to download the video, I’m in a Great place (my memory is tricky)
The shapes stay the same scince this is basicly Dmin with a capo on the second fret….
Very cool lesson
Thanks Tony for another cool quick lesson.
I appreciate how you include everyone even if there not a TAC member yet, notice I said yet.
Great in terms of the diversity of sound.