Drop C tuning

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Drop C tuning (CGCFAD)
Drop C tuning (CGCFAD) (listen)

Drop C tuning is an alternative guitar tuning where at least one string has been lowered to a C. Most commonly this is CGCFAD, which can be described as D tuning with a dropped C, or drop D tuning transposed down a whole step. Because of its heavier tone, it is most commonly used in rock and heavy metal music.[1][2][3][4][5]

Variations[edit]

  • CGDGBE – Dropping the low E string to a C, and the A string to a G, to make a fifth chord. The rest of the strings remain the same[6]
  • CADGBE – This is achieved by taking standard tuning (EADGBE) and dropping the low E to a C. All other strings remain the same.[7]

Artists that have used CGCFAD[edit]

Artists that have used CADGBE[edit]

Artists that have used CGDGBE[edit]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ a b "Nickelback Equipment". Retrieved 13 May 2014. "...(Drop D One Whole Step Down CGCFAD, Drop C CADGBE and Drop B BADGBE)" 
  20. ^ "Backstage with Theory of a Deadman HQ(Guitar Edge.com)". Guitar Edge. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Adriaensen, Wouter. "Ruben Block gear". Blues Online. Retrieved 13 May 2014. "Ruben also plays ... a Melody Maker in CGCFAD tuning - which is dropped D tuning one full tone down..." 
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  28. ^ "A Brief History of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar". Dancing Cat Records. Retrieved 13 May 2014. "... C-G-D-G-B-E Tuning (often called “Keola’s C”, because it has been used most prominently by Slack Key guitarist Keola Beamer)" 
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