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Watch the Solid Drop D online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar: Intros, Outros & Turnarounds

Now we're moving on to dropping the low E to a D, which gives us a nice, throaty sound. It reminds me Marty Stuart, and man it just makes my heart jump. It's almost as fun as playing a working man blues. When I'm playing drop D, I like to feel the grease. Really make it twangy to bring out the throaty sound.

Here we're changing the progression a little bit, we're doing an 11-77-44-11. We're doing that in the key of D, and you might be saying to yourself, "Wait a minute. A 7? Is he playing a C#/D, or..." No, no, no. Every time you hear a 7 while playing in D, you instantly go to C, so it's always the flat 7. The drummer isn't going to say it's a flat 7, but you just have to know it when playing in drop D. This one has a really groovy fell to it, so it's easy to get over excited about, so make sure you pay attention to the meter. Let's dive in!