Open D Minor: DADfad


Open D Minor is a very rich and resonant sounding tuning much like its counterpart Open D Major. The only difference is the 3rd string is lowered one tone down. This makes it sound like a Minor rather than a Major whether it’s strummed openly or barred.

Open D Major consists of D F# A, and Open D Minor consists of D F A – all that needs to be done to get from Open D Major to Open D minor is to drop the F# to an F.

Step 1: The 6th String – D

Use the 4th string D as a reference tone. Pluck the two together and loosen the 6th string tuning peg until the pitches harmonize.

Step 2: The 3rd String – f

Use the 3rd fret of the 4th string D as a reference tone. Pluck the two together and loosen the 3rd string tuning peg until the pitches sound the same.

Step 3: The 2nd String – a

Use the open 5th string A as a reference tone (or the 4th fret of the 3rd string). Pluck your reference tone and 2nd string together and loosen the tuning peg of the 2nd string until both pitches are in unison.

Step 4: The 1st String – d

Use the open 4th string D as a reference tone (the open 6th string D, or the 5th fret of the 2nd string D also work). Pluck the 1st string and your reference tone together then loosen the 1st string tuning peg so the pitch is in unison.

String Standard Open D Minor
6 E D
5 A A
4 D D
3 g f
2 b a
1 e d