Axe of Creation: Exploring the Harmonic Realm of Dropped D Part 2

What’s going on everyone!? Welcome to another installment of Axe of Creation here at the wonderful Gear Snobs. This week we will be returning to our regularly scheduled lessons with Part 2 of our Dropped D Tuning! In Part 1 we explored Power Chord shapes as well as turning them into Sus and Maj/min chords. This week, we’ll explore Dm triads and chords all over the fretboard.

Exploring the D (That’s what she said)

Let’s start with looking at a multitude of Open Position D chords. The first measure contains a D5 (power chord) and a couple Dsus chords, both sus4 and sus2. Then we move to simple D and Dm chords. Finally and most importantly, in the third measure, we have Dm triads in different inversions. I find these to be fantastic tools to explore and create ideas anywhere your imagination takes you. PRO TIP: Let’s the open D power ring out is a great way to explore different modes!

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The Grand Finale

I’m going to share with you guys and gals some of my favorite Drop D Chord Voicings! Right in measure 3 we have three of my favorite chord voicings. First is a Dm9 voicing, which I love because the dissonance (tension) between the F and open E is beautiful. Next is a lovely Bb chord that works extremally well with Dm. Lastly is another m9 chord with I love. For all you Periphery fans out there, this last one is for you. Following those is a lovely string of Sus chords, which also work well in just about any “rock” context.

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We finish our example we some great sounding open string chords. Useful and fun!

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That wraps up our exploration into Drop D. It’s a great tuning to play and write in and used by many, many artists. I hope that you’ll find several bits of inspiration in this month’s lessons. As always, let me know what you come up with!

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Gregory Arthur is Axe of Creation, a Gear Snob, and a Father of Two. He challenges you to become uncomfortable with yourself in attempts to gain a new perspective. Never give your energy away to what you’re not. Focus on what resonates within you and bring forth in creation. 

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