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DADGAD tuning for beginners: 5 chords to start exploring with

DADGAD
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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… 

D5

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D

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Gadd9/D

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Em11

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Asus2

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If you want to explore DADGAD further, check out our video tutorial for some more tips…