Category: Drop tunings


Exploring slackened realms: tunings primarily focused on lowering the 6str and/or 1str [5 tunings]

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Drop D

• D-A-D-G-B-E •

Probably the first altered tuning you ever learned: build upwards from a power-chord bass…


Double Drop D (‘DDD’)— 

• D-A-D-G-B-D•

Lower both the extremities for some handy two-sided slackness…


Drop C (‘Neon’)

• C-A-D-G-B-E •

Bass-dropped jazz-funk flexibilities, beloved by John Mayer & co…


Full Drop C

• C-G-C-F-A-D •

Loosen everything by two semitones, then drop the 6str by two more…


A Slack Thwack

• A-A-D-G-B-E •

Open up most of the bass guitar register with superlow double-octaves…



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