D♭ tuning

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D-flat/C-sharp tuning.

D tuning, also called C tuning, is an alternative guitar tuning. Each string is one and one half steps lower than in standard tuning, or one half step lower than D tuning. The resulting notes can be described as D♭-G♭-B-E-A♭-D♭ or (less often) as C♯-F♯-B-E-G♯-C♯. "Extremely slack,"[1] it is very popular amongst alternative and heavy rock bands because it has a darker and lower-pitched sound compared to E standard.

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  2. ^ Wilkinson, Paul (2007). Rat Salad: Black Sabbath, The Classic Years, 1969-1975. ISBN 978-0-312-36723-7.
  3. ^ Bean, Perry. "Rig Rundown - Comeback Kid". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ Dirks, Rebecca. "Rig Rundown - Madonna's Monte Pittman". Premier Guitar. Retrieved 5 February 2014.