DADGAD Tuning scales

Scales for DADGAD tuning with diagrams and explanation.
What follows is a guide trough different scales covering the alternate tuning named DADGAD (a.k.a. Open Dsus4). Notice that these instructions are invalid for guitars in standard tuning.

Major scales

D Major is the key scale for this particular tuning and its scale can be played in open position.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Major scale with all root notes on open strings.

D Major scale diagram open pos Notes: D - E - F# - G - A - B - C# Intervals: 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 Type: SeptonicĀ 

Two-octaves movable shape

The diagram below shows a movable scale shape for Major in DADGAD tuning. This is D Major with root notes on the 12th fret.

D Major scale diagram

Minor scales

D Minor is another important key in DADGAD tuning and its scale can also be played in open position.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Minor scale with all root notes on open strings.

D Minor scale diagram Notes: D - E - F - G - A - Bb - C Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 Type: SeptonicĀ 

Two-octaves movable shape

The diagram below shows a movable scale shape for Minor in DADGAD tuning. This is D Minor with root notes on the 12th fret.

D Minor scale diagram

Pentatonic scales

The Pentatonic Minor scale in D can be played comfortable in open position.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Pentatonic Minor scale in DADGAD tuning.

D Pentatonic minor scale diagram open pos Notes: D - F - G - A - C Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

Two-octaves movable shape

The diagram below shows a movable scale shape for Pentatonic Minor in DADGAD tuning. This is D Minor Pentatonic with root notes on the 12th fret.

D Pentatonic minor scale diagram open pos