Drop D Tuning scales

Scales for Drop D tuning with diagrams and explanation.
This presentation includes major and minor scales for the alternate tuning named Drop D. Notice that these instructions are invalid for guitars in standard tuning.

Major scale

D Major is one of the central scales for this particular tuning.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Major scale including 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: Septonic 

Whole fretboard with note names

D Major scale diagram whole neck with note letters

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
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Minor scale

D Minor is another important scale for this particular tuning.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Minor scale including open strings.

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

Whole fretboard with note names

D Minor scale diagram whole neck with note letters

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo: