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 learned: build up 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…


Low Drop C

• C-G-C-F-A-D •

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


Drop 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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