How to Tune a Guitar Into Drop C

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Tuning a guitar to drop C requires tuning the sixth string down two whole steps to C, while all of the other strings should be tuned down one whole step. Discover reference points when tuning a guitar into drop C with help from a professional musician in this free video on tuning guitars.

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Hello this is Lucian Williams from lucianwilliams.com. Now we are going to talk about how to tune the guitar to a drop C tuning. The drop C is the same as the more familiar drop D tuning where everything is the same as the standard tuning with the exception of the low sixth string, the low E, that's tuned down a whole step to D. With the drop C the sixth string is tuned down two whole steps to C and all the other strings are tuned down one whole step so it's just an entire whole step lower than the drop D tuning. First I need to lower the sixth string down to a C natural so I'm going to use the C on the third fret of the fifth string as a reference point and tune the twelfth fret harmonic of the sixth string after I lower it to the third fret of the fifth string right about there. The A string needs to be lowered down to G so I'm going to use the G on the fifth fret of the fourth string as a reference point, first lowering the A string, stretching out the fifth string and tuning the twelfth fret harmonic of the fifth string to the fifth fret of the fourth string just like that. The fourth string needs to be tuned down to C. So I'll use the fifth fret of the third string as a reference, lowering the fourth string, stretching it out and tuning the twelfth fret of the harmonic of the fourth string to the fifth fret of the third string right about there. The third string, G needs to be lowered to F. I'm going to use the F on the first fret of the first string as a reference point lowering the third string, stretching it out and tuning the twelfth fret harmonic of the third string to the first fret of the first string right about there. The second string which is B in standard tuning needs to be tuned down to A so I am going to lower the second string, stretch it out and use the A located on the fifth fret of the first string as a reference point tuning up the twelfth fret harmonic on the second string to the A on the fifth fret of the first string right about there. The first string needs to be tuned down to a D so I am just going to match that with a newly re-tuned second string, the fifth fret of the second string is D and I'm going to lower the first string to match the fifth fret of the second string right about there. This is Lucian Williams and thank you for watching.

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