Alternate tuning

Alternate tuning for the guitar are tunings with an open note arrangement other than that of standard tuning (EADGBA).

Check out different alternate tunings with our online GuitarCodex fretboard applet.

Alternate Tuning Table

Alternate Tuning Table
Name Notes Description
Dropped D D-A-D-G-B-E' Makes it easier to play power chords, with a single finger on the lowest three strings
Dropped C♯ or D♭ C♯-G♯-C♯-F♯-A♯-D♯' same as dropped D, one semitone lower
Dropped C C-G-C-F-A-D' same as dropped D, two semitones lower
Dropped B B-F♯-B-E-G♯-C♯' same as dropped D, 3 semitones lower
D Tuning D-G-C-F-A-D' 1 whole steps below standard tuning
C♯ Tuning C♯-F♯-B-E-G#-C♯ 3 semitones below standard tuning
C Tuning C-F-B♭-E♭-G-C' 2 whole steps below standard tuning
B Tuning B-E-A-D-G-B-E standard tuning for seven-string guitars
B Tuning B-E-A-D-F♯-B
B♭ Tuning B♭-F-B♭-E♭-G-C or B♭-E♭-A♭-D♭-F-B♭
Half Open B B-F♯-B-E-B-E
Dropped A A-E-A-D-F♯-B' or A-A-D-G-B-E
Hardcore Tuning C-G-C-F-A-B♭'
E♭ Tuning E♭-A♭-D♭-G♭-B♭-E♭'
DADGAD D-A-d-g-a-d'
All Minor Third C-D♯-F♯-A-C-D♯
All Major Third C-E-G♯-C-E-G♯
All fourths E-A-d-g-c'-f'
All Augmented Fourths C-F♯-C-F♯-C-F♯
All fifths C-G-d-a-e'-b'
New Standard Tuning C-G-d-a-e'-g'
All Minor Sixth C-G♯-E-C-G♯-E
All Major Sixth C-A-F♯-D♯-C-A

See also

  • Alternate Tuning Guide - Bill Sethares guide to exploring alternate tunings: “New tunings inspire new musical thoughts. Alternate tunings let you play voicings and slide between chord forms that would normally be impossible. They give access to nonstandard open strings. Playing familiar fingerings on an unfamiliar fretboard is exciting - you never know exactly what to expect. And working out familiar riffs on an unfamiliar fretboard often suggests new sound patterns and variations. This guide helps you explore alternative ways of making music”. At the bottom of the page, you can download his the full Alternate Tuning Guide with pdf friendly bookmarks and all (about 2 Mbytes).
  • WA's Alternate tunings for GUITAR Database of open tunings in which strings are tuned to produce a particular chord.