Open D tuning

guitar with open D tuningThe open D tuning is popular among guitar players who, for example, using a slide. (Not to be confused with Drop D tuning.)

When you retune your guitar it’s important that you turn the tuning pegs in a direction that decrease the string tension and not the opposite.

To get the open D tuning on your guitar you tune it like this: D A D F# A D.

Open chords

D

  • D chord diagram

Dm

  • Dm chord diagram

D7

  • D7 chord diagram

Em7

  • Em7 chord diagram

G

  • G chord diagram

A7

  • A7 chord diagram

B

  • B chord diagram

C

  • C chord diagram

Comment

These are some of the chords you could play in open position when using this particular tuning.

Movable one finger shapes

D

  • D chord diagram

E

  • E chord diagram

F

  • F chord diagram

G

  • G chord diagram

Comment

All you have to do is to lay your fingers over the four highest strings and avoid playing on the two lowest strings. As the pictures illustrate the D chord could be played with all open strings.

The shapes are movable, so if you move the fingers two steps up the fretboard from G major you will get an A major.

All common major chords in open D:
D: 000000
E: XX22222
F: XX3333
G: XX55555
A: XX7777
B: XX9999
C: XX 10 10 10 10

Movable form for slash chords, some examples:
G/D: 020100
C/G: 575655
D/A: 797877

In the style of Keith Richard

Keith Richard uses open tunings including Open D. If you're interested in typical chords, here are some (all used in "Street Fighting Man"):
C: 10 10 10 10 10 10
F/C: 10 12 10 11 12 10
G: 555555
Gsus9: 557655
D: 000000

Source: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_rolling_stones/street_fighting_man_crd.htm

This was an introduction about chords in open D tuning, see also open G tuning and drop C tuning

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