What is DADGAD?

an alternative guitar tuning. The emphasis of this blog and website is on fingerstyle guitar tab and technique. See my blog on DADGAD tuning for more information on DADGAD. DADGAD is used a lot with Celtic music but is growing in popularity now and used by other music genres. DADGAD allows the player to take advantage of open strings close by the selected melody note to add mood and interest. One reason I like DADGAD so much is that it is hard to make a mistake while playing because so many supporting open strings support your primary note, there is a safety net built in which comes in handy when playing songs live in DADGAD. 

The goal of stevemasseydadgad.com is to provide tools for guitarists to learn and grow with DADGAD guitar tuning and with fingerstyle guitar tab reading and writing. DADGAD, a modal D tuning, is now used by Pierre Bensusan, Laurence Juber, Tony McManus, Al Petteway, Alex Degrassi, Doug Young, Simon Fox, Jean Banwarth, Pat Kirtley, and others. 

I personally love DADGAD, and after many years playing this tuning, I still never tire of its seemingly endless possibilities. I plan to create a video soon on DADGAD chordal shapes. I just published a new songbook for DADGAD Hymns on Amazon.