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An Introduction to Drop C Tuning

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Now that you've got the basics for the three note chord, let me show you another advantage of this tuning. You can play some pretty big sounding chords by playing all six of your strings. These are definitely useful when you get to parts of songs where you want to hold out your chords and really let them ring out.

Let's start with an open C major. You'll play the 6-5-4 strings open, getting the notes C-G-C. Then place your first finger on the 3rd string, 2nd fret for a G, your middle finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret for a C, and finally your pinky on the 1st string 5th fret for an E. All your notes together are C-G-C-G-C-E.

You can easily turn that into a C minor by switching your fingers around and place your middle finger on the 3rd string, 2nd fret and your ring finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret; and finally taking your 1st finger and playing the 1st string 1st fret and dropping that E note to an Eb. If you feel like it, you can lift that 1st finger off and play the open D on the first string - thereby making a C suspended 2nd chord.

I'll give you a fretted example at the 3rd position since this is a favorite chord of mine in this tuning. Taking your 1st finger bar across all six strings at the 3rd fret. Now take your 3rd finger and place it on the 4th string 5th fret and your 4th finger on the 2nd string 6th fret. Make sure to keep that pinky lifted enough so that 1st finger is getting that F on the 1st string 3rd fret. All the notes you're playing are Eb-Bb-Eb-Bb-Eb-F for a Eb Suspended 2nd chord.

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An Introduction to Drop C Tuning