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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Dropped D Fingerstyle Accompaniment

This accompaniment arrangement is to be played fingerstyle and features “Dropped D” tuning. This tuning is fairly common when playing in the key of D, especially among fingerpickers. In Dropped D, the only thing different than in standard tuning is that the 6th string is tuned down one whole tone, from E to D. This enables you to play the bass note an octave lower than in standard tuning. When playing in Dropped D you will need to compensate for the change in the 6th string. This means that the chord formations that use the 6th string need to be adjusted accordingly. Notice the diagram below for the G chord. Ordinarily the bass note for G is the 6th string 3rd fret. In Dropped D the bass note needs to go up two more frets, so now it is played on the 6th string 5th fret. That may seem overly complicated if you are a beginner, but after you gain more experience you may appreciate the different results that you are able to achieve with this tuning.

To accompany the singing I intentionally stayed away from the 1st string in this case. You don’t always have to do that but in this instance it sounded better to me and will probably be easier for most people to play because the pattern remains the same. Play all of the notes on the 2nd string with your middle finger and all of the notes on the 3rd string with your index finger. All of the bass notes (4th, 5th, and 6th strings) should be played with your thumb.

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