Drop C Tuning

Learn Drop C Tuning – PDF File On Tuning Drop C

learning drop c tuning

Alright, if you are looking for some help with your tune then you came to the right room. Here we have some cool resources available for the absolute beginner guitarists that may be looking for new sounds. Sometimes you might dive into some TAB and realize that the song you want to learn needs to be dropped. Usually that’s a pretty easy problem to solve, if you don’t find what you need here you can Google the bajeezus out of it and will find more info then you will ever need.

So what’s Drop C Tuning? Well, here is a snippet taken from the Drop C Tuning Wiki page.

Drop C tuning is technically an alternative guitar tuning where at least one string has been lowered to a C, but most commonly refers to CGCFAD, which can be described as D tuning with a 6th string dropped to C, or drop D tuning transposed down a whole step.

Not enough? Here is a youtube video showing you how to drop tune to C on your guitar.

Alright, so this kid does a decent job showing us the basics. I realize that this guitar site is geared towards acoustic guitars and not electric, however…. I couldn’t find a simple example that was done on a an acoustic guitar. Most of the videos I came across sounded like ass and were all over the board. So shout out to Cody for making that Youtube video for the rest of us hacks.

There have been some cool, dark, guitar riffs strummed and jammed in drop C tuning. If you dig this sound and are just experimenting with various tuning techniques with your guitar then check out some of our other tuning methods we have available on our site. Drop D Tuning is a cool tune, so when you get bored trying to jam on on the C tune, crank it the other way and drop to D.

Alright , here is another little tip as written by (xxlonewolf541xx) of Ultimate Guitar.

Drop C


This is where your post-hardcore bands come in.

Drop C is the same exact concept of Drop D except every note sounds 2 frets lower than in drop D.


0 0 0

In drop D, an all open chord in drop C is impossible.

Drop D = Drop C

0 2 0 2 0 2

Drop C can copy any drop D note (except on 23rd and 24th frets).

Drop D cannot copy any notes on an open, 1st, or 2nd fret power chord.

Escape The Fate – “Situations” CGCFAD

C-7-7-5-5–4-4-2 G-5-5-3-3–2-2-0 C

This song would be impossible to play correctly in Drop D because the

2 0 X chord cannot be played.

Soloing in different tunings

Soloing in drop D is the same as Standard as long as you aren’t using the E string.

If you are, you have to add 2 frets.

Soloing in drop C

To solo in a drop d song while playing drop D, you must add 2 frets to everything.

Pretty much same rule for the power chords.

Hope you understand the difference now.

Ok, cool. That was a helpful bit of info. I’m not going much further into this as I don’t know much about drop tuning and all the cool sounds you can get from it. Like anything else, mess with it… listen, practice, and play. Guitar is in awesome instrument and we want to help you master it no matter the style of music you are playing.

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