Open D Tuning scales

Scales for Open D tuning with diagrams and explanation.
What follows is a guide including major and pentatonic blues scales covering the alternate tuning named Open D. Notice that these instructions are invalid for guitars in standard tuning.

Major scale

D Major is obviosly 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: Septonic 

Whole fretboard

D Major scale diagram whole fretboard

Blues scale

The Blues scale in D can be played in open position.

Two-octaves shape, open position

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D Pentatonic Blues scale in Open D tuning.

D Pentatonic blues scale diagram open pos Notes: D - F - G - Ab - A - C Intervals: 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 2 Type: Hexatonic

Whole fretboard

D Pentatonic blues scale diagram whole fretboard

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