DADGAD tuning

guitar with DADGAD tuningThe DADGAD tuning is also known as Celtic tuning and hence often used for playing Celtic music on guitar. It can also be interested in lots of other styles if you like to experience.

Essentially, you tune to a Dsus4 chord (it is what you hear if you play all string open). Since the tones are close to many D chords, the tuning is extra suitable for playing in the D key.

The name says it all, but just to be extra clear, to get this alternate tuning you should tune your guitar according to this: D A D G A D.

Major and minor chords

D

  • D chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

D (alt.)

  • D chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

G

  • G chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Gadd2

  • Gadd2 chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

A

  • A chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Aadd4

  • Aadd chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Em

  • Em chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Em11

  • Em11 chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

F#m

  • F#m chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

F#madd

  • F#madd chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Bm

  • Bm chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Bm7

  • Bm7 chord diagram in DADGAD tuning

Comment

The chords presented are in the key of D and most of them are movable. For example, 3332XX would be F major and 3331XX would be F minor.

You can choose to include the two highest strings or not. In most cases you get a more characteristic sound related to this tuning if you do.

If you have problem to get enough room for the fingers you could remove the finger from the 5th string and mute if with an adjacent finger.

The alternate D chord could also be played without the finger on the fourth string, in that case the correct chord name is D(no3).

More chords in EADGBD tuning

Other chords in this tuning:

Dsus4: 000000
Dsus2: 000202
D6: 004220
D9/E: 000214
D11: X54030
Dm/F: 300203
Fmaj9: 302003
Gsus4: 555555
Gsus2: 5X0005
G: 5X0455
Asus4: 777777
Cadd9: X320030
Csus2: X300030
C9: X32010

Chord progressions with DADGAD tuning

Some examples of progressions using this alternate tuning:

D - Gadd2 - Add4 - D

Bm7 - Gadd2 - Add4 - D

Em7 - D - Gadd2 - Aad4

Em7 - F#madd - Gadd2 - D

 

This was an introduction about chords in DADGAD tuning, see also Open D tuning and Open G tuning.

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