How to Tune a Guitar to Open D

Learn how to tune a guitar to Open D in this guitar lesson from Howcast.


  • Step 1: Tune your guitar using the open D tuning method by first matching the 6th and 1st strings, which are E, to the 4th string (D).
  • Step 2: Next, tune the 2nd string to match the 5th string (A).
  • Step 3: Finally, your 3rd string needs to be in F sharp. To do this, play F sharp in the 4th fret and match the 3rd string to it.


Talking about alternate tunings still. We are talking about an open D tune. Alright, so what does that mean? That means what we are trying to do is to make the guitar sound like one chord. You know, right now, if I play the guitar, there is no chord to that right? So, what I am going to do is tune it to a D chord. There is a specific way to do that. You are going to go ahead and drop your sixth string down to D. So, I already have a D in the fourth string. Drop down my sixth string to D. and then I am also going to get my first string, which is E right now, down to D as well. So, Use the same method, we use that fourth string D. Now, it gets a little trickier. We are going to need the second string to be A, so I am going to use the fifth string, which is already A in order to tune down my second string to match that. And then there is one more step. This one is a little trickier, because there is no string that matches this. We need to try and get this third string to be F sharp. So, erm, the way I do it is I am going to go to the fourth string, alright, I haven't moved that. And I am going to go to the note F sharp. That happens to be here on the fourth fret. Match that. And now, I get my D tune, open D tune. Alright? So I don't have to even touch the guitar to play D. So, a lot of blues guys might use this to play slide guitar. Right? Or some folks who finger pick a little bit. They could get some interesting sounds from playing like that. And then to play other chords, I can just play one finger. Right? That's how you make an open D tune.

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