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D-A-D-F#-A-D

Name: Open D - Vestapol Family: Major Root: D Voicing: 1-5-1-3-5-1

Open D / Open E-tuning (and Open-Eb)

The Open-D and Open-E tuning are two of the traditional tunings in the family of Open Major Chord tunings. I cover both tuning in the same lesson, as there are basically the same tuning. The only difference is that Open-E is one whole step higher than Open-D. The fingerings etc are the same. You can think of Open-E as Open-D with capo on 2nd fret, if it helps you understand the relation between the two.

If you have heavier strings, you may prefer to tune down to Open-D, and up to Open-E if you have ligther strings. You can even from time to time hear Open-Eb, which is just between the two. Sometimes guitarists simply are not tuned to concert pitch, and end up with a tuning somewhere in between.

I will stick to Open-D for all the examples, and put the corresponding chord names etc for Open-E in parenthesis where appropriate. If you read tab and/or chord boxes, you should have no problem. If you read standard notation only, then you will have to transpose up one note to get the right notes in Open-E.

If you are re-tuning from standard tuning, you should get these notes:

Standard E A D G B E
 
Open D D A D F# A D

You tune your 6th string (Low E) down one whole step to D. I prefer to tune it to the 4th string, which should be one octave above. The 2nd string goes down one whole step from B to A. I tune this to the 5th string, one octave below. Then the 1st string is tuned down one whole step from E to D, and again I tune to 4th string. Finally, you tune the 3rd string down a half step to F#. This is the difficult one to tune. Open 3rd string should be the same note as 4th string, 4th fret.

If you prefer to tune to adjacent strings, tune as on the figure to the right:

  • 6st string 7th fret = 5th string open
  • 5th string 5th fret = 4th string open
  • 4th string 4th fret = 3rd string open
  • 3rd string 3rd fret = 2nd string open
  • 2nd string 5th fret = 1st string open.

If you tune to Open-E, you tune 5th string up one whole tone to B, 4th string up one whole tone to E and 3rd string up one half step to G#. The relationship between the strings are the same as for Open D.

Open E E B E G# B E
  - -
Standard E A D G B E
Dust my Blues - slide in open-D tuning.
Minor pentatonic scale in Open-D tuning

Ls:GT 99, 2004-06

Recordings with the D-A-D-F#-A-D tuning

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Will Ackerman Ely -
Alice In Chains Over Now -
Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues -
Duck Baker Leavin' Home -
Duck Baker Mother's Advice -
Duck Baker Pretty Fair Miss -
Duck Baker Sittin' On Top Of The World -
Barbecue Bob Diddle Da Diddle -
Robbie Basho Variations On Easter -
Blind Blake Police Dog Blues -
Rory Block Mama's Stray Baby -
Luka Bloom Girl -
Luka Bloom If I Were a Carpenter -
Luka Bloom Little Martha and me (instrumental) -
Luka Bloom No Surprises -
Luka Bloom This is for life -
Gregg Cagno 39 In Requiem -
Gregg Cagno Mandolin Moon -
Gregg Cagno Mandolin Moon -> Look at the Wind Blow -
Gregg Cagno Ode To Mrs. Claus' Joy -
Gregg Cagno Ode to Mrs. Claus' Joy -
Gregg Cagno We are Each Other's Angels -
Sam Collins Slow Mama Slow -
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas -
Ry Cooder Thirteen Question Method -
Peppino D'Agostino Bella Donna -
Ani DiFranco Anticipate -
Nick Drake One Of These Things First -
John Fahey Poor Boy A Long Ways From Home -
Blind Boy Fuller Little Woman, You're So Sweet -
Ed Gerhard Howl -
Ed Gerhard Isa Lei 01 First guitar
Ed Gerhard Isa Lei 04 Ed Gerhard's Hawaii
Ed Gerhard Slide Improv -
Ed Gerhard Willy O'Winsbury: 01 First guitar
The Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In -
Stefan Grossman Brownsville Blues -
Stefan Grossman God Moves on The Water -
Stefan Grossman John Henry -
Stefan Grossman Sitting On Top of the World -
Stefan Grossman Vestapol -
Richie Havens Freedom -
Mississippi John Hurt If You Dont Want Me -
Elmore James It Hurts Me Too -
Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was The Night, Cold Was On The Ground -
Blind Willie Johnson God Moves On The Water -
Blind Willie Johnson Keep Your Lamp Trimmes And Burning -
Blind Willie Johnson Nobody's Fault But Mine -
Nick Katzman Tin Silver -
Leo Kottke Corinna, Corinna -
Leo Kottke Itchy -
Adrian Legg Irish Girl -
Furry Lewis Kassie Jones -
Eric Lugosch Marching Through Georgia -
Mississippi Fred McDowell Lord, I'm Going Down South -
Mississippi Fred McDowell You Got To Move -
Blind Willie McTell Wake Up Mama -
Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi -
Joni Mitchell Blue On Blue -
Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now -
Joni Mitchell Cactus Tree -
Joni Mitchell Chelsea Morning -
Joni Mitchell Come In From The Cold -
Joni Mitchell Come To The Sunshine -
Joni Mitchell Conversation -
Joni Mitchell Court And Spark -
Joni Mitchell Dreamland -
Joni Mitchell Free Man In Paris -
Joni Mitchell Get Together -
Joni Mitchell Gift Of The Magi -
Joni Mitchell I Think I Understand -
Joni Mitchell Judgement Of The Moon And Stars (Ludwig's Tune) -
Joni Mitchell Just Like Me -
Joni Mitchell Man From Mars -
Joni Mitchell Night In The City -
Joni Mitchell People's Parties -
Joni Mitchell Pirate Of Penance -
Joni Mitchell Shiny Toys -
Joni Mitchell Slouching Towards Bethlehem -
Joni Mitchell Solid Love -
Joni Mitchell Strange Boy -
Joni Mitchell You Turn Me On I'm A Radio -
Sam Mitchell Motherless Children -
Sam Mitchell Nobody's Fault But Mine -
Sam Mitchell Rainy Day Blues -
Pierce Pettis Swimming -
Kelly Joe Phelps Footprints -
Chris Proctor Bach to Ireland -
Chris Proctor Bach to Scotland -
Chris Proctor October's Window -
Chris Proctor Solstice -
Tampa Red Boogie Woogie Dance -
Preston Reed Basta Pasta -
Preston Reed Bye Bye Boo Boo -
Preston Reed Fun with Wally -
Preston Reed Last Scene in September -
Preston Reed Southern Exposure -
Preston Reed Tiny Time Pills -
Preston Reed Wirewhip -
REO Speedwagon Time For Me To Fly -
The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man -
Fred Sokolow Furry's Train -
Third Eye Blind Graduate -
Third Eye Blind So High and Solo -
Third Eye Blind Surfacing Submarine -
Buzz Turner Afternoon In Chiapas -
Josh White Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed -
David Wilcox Kindness -
David Wilcox Mighty Ocean -
David Wilcox Miracle -
David Wilcox Never Enough -
David Wilcox Wildberry Pie -
Rev Robert Wilkins That's No Way To Get Along -

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