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Drop B Tuning


drop B tuning

Drop B tuning is an alternative tuning for guitar that gives you a heaver sound known as Djent. Djent is the name given to that heavy power chord chugging sound often used in the Metal genre of music. Tune your guitar down to Drop B, turn your amp gain and volume up to 11 then you'll be ready to Djent!

What is Drop B tuning?

Drop B tuning is when you tune your guitar strings way down low by intervals of minor thirds below standard tuning and the 6th string even lower.... a whole 4th lower (a fourth down from the standard low E). The final result of tuning to Drop B gives the string note names B-F#-B-E-G#-C# (or with flats B-Gb-B-E-Ab-Db). After tuning to drop B you can use the same chord fingerings as Drop D. Of course the actual chord names will change. For best results use heavy gauge strings that are at least heavier than gauge 10's. Heavier gauge strings will help to keep the low tuned strings more firm and less like floppy wet noodles.

For a list of bands that use Drop B tuning have a look at this article on WikiPedia

Drop B guitar tuner string notes

For your convenience, here are the loop-able guitar string notes you can use to tune your guitar to Drop B.

Low B 6th String
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  F# / Gb 5th String
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  B 4th String
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  E 3rd String
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  G# / Ab 2nd String
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  C# / Db 1st String
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Fretboard notes in Drop B tuning with sharps

Guitar fretboard notes in drop b with sharps

Notes of the fretboard in Drop B tuning with flats

Guitar fretboard notes in drop b with flats

Not sure how to tune your guitar? See my article on how to tune your guitar at this link - https://guitarsix.com/blog/lessons/how-to-tune-your-guitar/115/

I also have this online guitar tuner for standard tuning at https://guitarsix.com/blog/lessons/guitar-tuner/128/


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drop b tuning

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