Open D tuning

guitar with open D tuningThe open D tuning is popular among guitar players who, for example, using a slide.

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 should tune it like this: D A D F# A D.

Open chords

D

  • D chord

Dm

  • Dm chord

D7

  • D7 chord

Em7

  • Em7 chord

G

  • G chord

A7

  • A7 chord

B

  • B chord

C

  • C chord

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

Moveable one finger shapes

D

  • D chord

E

  • E chord

F

  • F chord

G

  • G chord

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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 moveable, so if you move the finger two steps up the fretboard from G major you will get an A major and so on.

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

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