Drop C tuning is quite possibly the most mainstream substitute tunings for guitar. It’s the fourth most regular tuning on Guitar TAB found on Ultimate Guitar.
On the off chance that you have played in Drop D Tuning previously (look at my Drop D asset direct here), Drop C will feel totally normal to you. Drop C tuning is an extraordinary method to investigate a lower tuning and it trains you how tuning down can totally change the sensation of the music you play.
In this guide, you will learn:
Step by step instructions to tune your guitar in Drop C
Extraordinary melodies in Drop C tuning with Guitar TAB
Simple harmony shapes you can play in Drop C Tuning
Scale graphs for Drop C
Any guitar tuner can be utilized to tune your guitar in Drop C. In the event that you don’t have a tuner, look at this guide on the Best Guitar Tuners to discover one that suits you.
After you read through this guide, look at my Guide to Alternate Tunings to perceive what different tunings you should mess with.
Step by step instructions to Tune Your Guitar in Drop C
Tuning your guitar in Drop C expects you to change the tuning of each of the six strings.
To tune your guitar in Drop C, start by tuning every one of the six strings down an entire advance or two frets in pitch. You tune the low E down to D, the A string down to G, D down to C, G down to F, B down to A, at that point high E down to D. This gives you D standard tuning. Presently to change to Drop C, you bring down the low D string down to C.
You will wind up with your guitar strings tuned to C G C F A D.
Here is a graph indicating what each string is tuned to in Drop C tuning:
The easy method to recollect Drop C tuning is to consider it similarly you consider Drop D tuning.
In Drop D, you start with Standard Tuning and drop the low E string down to D.
In Drop C, you start with D Standard Tuning and drop the low D string down to C.
As such, Drop C tuning is an entire advance (two frets worth of pitch) down from Drop D tuning. In the event that you haven’t knew about ‘entire advance’ previously, read my exercise on spans to comprehend what this implies.
Drop C Tuning Chords
The incredible thing about Drop C tuning is that all the harmony shapes you know from Drop D tuning stay the equivalent. The solitary thing that changes is the name of each harmony. For instance, the E Major harmony shape gets D Major in Drop C tuning. The A minor harmony shape is presently G minor.
With any harmony shape you know from Drop D tuning, basically bring down the harmony name by an entire advance.
Open Chords in Drop C Tuning
Here are a few instances of harmony shapes you know from Standard Tuning and what they are brought in Drop C tuning:
The primary harmony you may perceive as the C Major shape. You can utilize a similar harmony shape, however the harmony currently becomes A# (or Bb) Major in Drop C Tuning.
It may require a significant stretch of time to become accustomed to the new names, however the bit of leeway is that you presumably definitely realize these harmony shapes.
In the event that a harmony utilizes the 6th string, it will be diverse in Drop C tuning. Here are some new harmonies to learn for Drop C tuning:
A great deal of tunes in Drop C spotlight on harmonies dependent on C, so it merits the push to retain these harmonies.
Force Chords in Drop C Tuning
Force harmonies in Drop C are amusing to play similarly that they are enjoyable to play in Drop D tuning. You’re ready to play power harmonies utilizing one finger across the lower a few strings.
Here is the manner by which you play power harmonies in Drop C Tuning:
In the event that you realize how to play power harmonies in Drop D tuning, this will feel precisely the equivalent.
Force harmonies are played as expected on any remaining strings, yet when they start on the 6th string, you just need one finger to play them.
As you will find in the Guitar TAB for melodies later on, this allows you to hop around the fretboard and play quick force harmonies.
Metal guitarists (and guitarists in normally weighty styles of music) ordinarily use Drop C tuning essentially on account of how extraordinary force harmonies feel to play.
Drop C Tuning Scales and Fretboard
It requires some investment to become accustomed to scales in Drop C tuning since each of the six strings have moved in pitch.
On the off chance that you have just retained the notes in the fretboard in Standard Tuning, at that point you can either move all that two frets in your psyche or re-remember the fretboard in this new tuning.
Here are the notes of the fretboard in Drop C Tuning:
I featured the C situations as you will probably need to zero in on those notes when composing riffs.
You may likewise see in the event that you look across the subsequent fret noticed that those notes coordinate what you tune your guitar to for Drop D tuning.
This is valuable to recollect whether you have just retained the fretboard in Standard or Drop D tuning since it implies all that you’ve just remembered is currently two frets higher than ordinary.
Another explanation you should retain the above note positions is that the C Major scale is ordinarily utilized in Drop C tuning. You may find that a ton of Drop C melodies utilize this scale.
C minor scope
A few scales will be utilized all the more regularly in Drop C tuning to exploit the low open C string. C minor is an exceptionally basic scale you will see utilized in numerous tunes in Drop C tuning.
Here is the C minor scope in Drop C Tuning:
Take additional time remembering the C note positions similar to the root note positions for this scale. In the event that you invest energy examining music written in Drop C tuning, you may find that a great deal of riffs, licks, and thoughts center around the C note positions.
C minor is a famous scale when composing melodies in Drop C Tuning since it utilizes the low open C string. Minor scopes are additionally the go-to decision for metal and heavier-sounding music, so you’ll discover a great deal of melodies in C minor.
Drop C Tuning Songs
Drop C Tuning is the third most mainstream substitute tuning and as indicated by TAB postings on Ultimate Guitar, there are more than 19,000 TABs accessible in Drop C tuning. You can discover tunes written in Drop C tuning in such countless various styles of music, however it is generally basic in metal and comparable hefty sounding styles of music.
While the greater part of the tunes I’ll show beneath are in heavier styles of music, Drop C is as yet well known in different styles. There are a ton of craftsmen who have utilized Drop C
Here are a couple of genuine instances of how to utilize Drop C tuning.
Cleave Suey by System of a Down
Arrangement of a Down uses Drop C tuning as their go-to tuning. Drop C permits them to play quick power-harmony based riffs that bounce around the fretboard. Numerous novices figure out how to play their music in Drop D tuning, however you get the full impact when you tune down to Drop C.
The fundamental riff to Chop Suey is an extraordinary illustration of why Drop C is an incredible tuning when you need to hop around utilizing power harmonies. Attempting to play this riff in Standard Tuning would feel and sound abnormal.
Take a gander at the manner in which the guitarist hops to and fro between the force harmonies in this riff. At 272 bpm, Drop C tuning makes this riff a lot simpler to play.
I recommend looking at System of a Down’s music on the off chance that you need to get a thought of the sort of riffs you can play in Drop C tuning.
Here are some other System of a Down tunes worth looking at that are incredible instances of why Drop C tuning is amusing to play:
Harmfulness (the whole Toxicity collection utilizes Drop C tuning)
Remember that practically all System of a Down melodies (supposedly) use Drop C, yet the above tunes are a decent beginning stage.
Hearts Burst Into Fire by Bullet For My Valentine
This tune is a genuine illustration of utilizing power harmonies and full harmony shapes in Drop C tuning to make a hefty sound.
The introduction riff additionally shows how Drop C tuning can totally change the vibe of straightforward clean arpeggios. Think about playing this riff in Drop C tuning and Drop D tuning and you’ll see why such countless guitarists like to tune down.
This melody utilizes the C minor scope and it utilizes some intriguing harmony shapes you should learn.
My Curse by Killswitch Engage
The introduction to My Curse is an extraordinary illustration of how you can make some huge sounding harmonies in Drop C Tuning:
A portion of these harmonies would be unplayable or incredibly abnormal in Standard Tuning.
Insensibility by Mastodon
There’s a decent assortment of arpeggio and harmony based riffs in Oblivion that utilize the tuning.
Look at the harmonies utilized in this chorale area for an illustration of intriguing things you can do in Drop C tuning:
Mastodon will in general switch back and forth between D Standard, Drop C, and Drop A tuning, so look at their melodies for additional instances of this tuning in real life.
Here are some different tunes, collections, and groups to look at in Drop C Tuning:
Passed up Nirvana
White Pony collection by Deftones
Are You Dead by Children of Bodom
Freya by The Sword
Blasted by Disturbed
All New Materials by Periphery
Awful Horsie by Steve Vai