Watch the Persia and Moose online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Essentials: Fingerstyle Blues

With this tune, we look at playing a twelve-bar steady-bass blues in Dropped D tuning. By lowering the low E string by a whole step, to D, we get DADGBE, which allows us to play almost all the same chord forms and scale shapes as in standard tuning, but with a low D in the bass. Chords with a root on the sixth string like E and G do require a little tweaking, as you’ll see. In this case, we swap out a standard G chord for a G7/B, or a G7 chord with the third of the chord, the note B, in the bass.