Guitar chords: Popularised by Davey Graham, John Renbourn, Jimmy Page and, in more recent years, Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran, DADGAD is a great tuning for acoustic guitar. These chords should give you a good start at figuring out how the tuning works. Simply tune your guitar as pictured above to start – it's really useful to have a headstock tuner handy to help with this.
You’ll be changing your standard tuned guitar’s strings (E, A, D, G, B and E notes from the lowest note to the highest) to D, A, D, G, A and D.
Though fully fretted chords are possible and well worth exploring, it is ringing open shapes like these that give the most distinctive sound…
If you want to explore DADGAD further, check out our video tutorial for some more tips…