Tuning the Hydra Guitar

 

The Hydra, simply put, uses a standard guitar tuning, a whole step lower with 3 extra strings inserted between the 4th and 5th strings.

  •  Hydra:  D ·  G ·  D ·  G ·  C ·  C ·  F ·  A ·  D
  •  Now imagine, without tuning the hydra 1 step lower, you have a normal 6 string with the 3 extras between the 4th and 5th being 5th=d, same note as 3rd fret 2nd string, 6th=a, same note as 2nd fret 3rd string, 7th=e, same note as 2nd fret 4th string.
  • Standard:  E ·  A ·                   D   g   b   e       
  • Hydra:        E ·  A    e   a  d     D   g     b   e