Lower Alternate Guitar Tunings

List of all lower alternate guitar tuning that exist, all strings are tuned down by one semitone. Alteration of your guitars tuning may require certain modifications, most lower guitar tuning may require thicker gauge strings for clear sounds and notes. Some lower tuning will not be possible with regular gauge guitar strings.

Lower alternate tuning is most common in rock or heavy metal bands and songs to produce heavy power chord notes and low pitch melodies. Another purpose would be to create more "slogged" strings to produce better vibrato or bends and harmonics. It is also preferred for speed and better hammer-on, pull-off and slides.

STANDARD
E
A
D
G
B
E
Notes:
Lower Tuning
D# guitar tuning
D#
G#
C#
F#
A#
D#
Half a step down from standard. Used by bands such as Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, and Slayer.
Eb guitar tuning
Eb
Ab
Db
Gb
Bb
Eb
D guitar tuning
D
G
C
F
A
D
One full step down from standard. Used by bands such as Death and Kreator. Used in Nirvana's song Come As You Are.
C# guitar tuning
C#
F#
B
E
G#
C#
One and a half steps down. Used by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi in the 1970's.
Db guitar tuning
Db
Gb
B
E
Ab
Db
C guitar tuning
C
F
Bb
Eb
G
C
Two full steps down from standard. Used by bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss.
C
F
A#
D#
G
C
B guitar tuning
B
E
A
D
Gb
B
Two and a half steps down from standard. Used in early Swedish death metal by bands such as Entombed, Dismember and Slipknot.
B
E
A
D
F#
B
A# guitar tuning
A#
D#
G#
C#
E#
A#
Three full steps from standard tuning
Bb guitar tuning
Bb
Eb
Ab
Db
F
Bb
A guitar tuning
A
D
G
C
E
A
Three and a half steps down from standard tuning.
G# guitar tuning
G#
C#
F#
B#
D#
G#
Four full steps down from standard tuning.
Ab guitar tuning
Ab
Db
Gb
B
Eb
Ab
G guitar tuning
G
C
F
A#
D
G
Four and a half steps down from standard tuning.
G
C
F
Bb
D
G
F# guitar tuning
F#
B
E
A
C#
F#
Five full steps from standard tuning.
Gb guitar tuning
Gb
B
E
A
Db
Gb
F guitar tuning
F
A#
D#
G#
C
F
Five and one half steps down from standard tuning.
F
Bb
Eb
Ab
C
F
Octave guitar Tuning
E
A
D
G
B
E
Six full steps (one octave) down from standard tuning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here is a Diagram of the notes of each string per fret on your guitar in standard tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E). This can be used as reference or a chart for note finding and other purposes.

The bottom will be your 6th or thickest string going to your 1st or thinnest string on top.

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