Achieved by tuning the low E guitar string to a D, in order to make power chords playable with a single bar on the bottom 3 strings (or bottom 2). Drop D is mainly used for playing power chords extremely quickly. If not, then it is used by talentless artists. Bands such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin have used Drop D tuning in their music. A common misinterpretation is that metal artists use drop D. Usually, drop D is for heavy rock. Metal bands tend to use drop C or B.
Bands who commonly play in:
Drop D: Nickelback, Billy Talent, various hard rock/alternative
Drop Db: Linkin Park, Disturbed, various hard rock/alternative/metal
Drop C: System of a Down, Three Days Grace, various heavy metal
Drop B: Slipknot, various death metal
People who think that drop D and talent can't be used in the same sentence are fools. They are thinking of drop C.
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