Full Step Down: D G C F A D

There are many methods to get into a guitar tuning that is a full step down, so I encourage you after learning this simple 3 Step Method to experiment with your own.

Step 1: Tune your Low E to the D (low E is the thickest string)

Tune the low E to a D. Exactly like Drop D guitar tuning. Pluck the 2 strings together or alternate between them until they sound alike. The low D will be an octave lower then the D you are tuning from, but they are the exact same note.

Step 2: Tune the rest of your guitar as you would regularly tune it

Tune the rest of the strings in relation to the D you just dropped down. Just like you would with Standard Guitar Tuning. The only thing that changes are the note names. So the tuning we are looking for is D G C F A D. If you tune the 2nd thickest string (which is normally A) to the 5th fret of the D string you just tuned, that would be a G.

The Low D String:

-0—1—2—3—4—5
-D—D#–E—F—F#–G

Then once you have the G, the 5th fret of that string becomes a C, which is the next string you need.

-0—1—2—3—4—5
-G—G#–A—A#–B—C

The tuning pattern from the top down for Standard Guitar Tuning is always 5th fret, 5th fret, 5th fret, 4th fret, 5th fret. If you wanted to tune down half a step you would tune your thickest string which is usually a Low E to the 1st fret of the D string. Or otherwise known as D#. A half step is one note below the note you start with, it is also classically referred to as a semi-tone. 2 notes are equal to a full tone or full step.

Just a word of advice to any beginners, if you wanted to tune you guitar higher say up a full step or half-step, you would be wise to use a capo, as your strings may break otherwise.