Online Guitar Tuner - Full Step Down or D Tuning

Standard Drop D Half Step Down Full Step Down C# Tuning C Tuning


Full Step Down Tuning

This tuning is popular amongst metal and some rock groups who prefer to throw a bit more weight behind their sound allowing for really aggressive heavy riffs. Don't think D standard tuning only appeals to heavy metal aficionados though, playing clean open notes and chords will produce refreshing and interesting sounds. Blues players may enjoy the loose string action allowing for expressive string bending. These low tunings provide a new musical landscape to explore.

Use a Capo

If you're tuned to full step down, a capo can provide flexability should you need to play a song in a higher key such as standard tuning. You may find this preferable to strapping on another guitar or re-tuning mid flow. Make life easy for yourself!

String Gauge

Heavier strings will usually be used by guitarists tuned to full step down - (strings where the first string is at .011 inches onwards). This will increase string tension and help avoid buzzing. Heavier strings provide a fatter, fuller sound and will give more sustain. There are no hard rules however, if you find lighter strings work well for you, then use them.

Noted Musicians/Bands that have used full step down (D standard) tuning

  • Kirk Hammett
  • Pantera
  • Nirvana
  • Roope Latvala
  • Dream Theater
  • Mastodon