D String: Introduction

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Alright, you’ve now arrived at the D string, which is also known as the 4th string! Of course, you’ll notice that the strings are getting thicker, leading to their lower pitches. Owing to that, the D string marks the first of the bottom 3 “bass strings” of the guitar.

Though bass strings are frequently used for melodic effect, and in a deeper sense all sounds should be melodic, the pedantic function of the bass strings is often to help mark the roots of songs, harmonically.

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