Guitar Tunings / Africa


Guitar Tunings / West Africa
Names Nomenclature Regions Tunings
Standard * E A D G B E
Taara No. 1 C Maj 6th Mali C A D G B E
Sinquente Cix Open G Major Mali D G D G B D
Mali F A D G B E
Taara No. 2 Mali  F A D G C E
Jarabi Mali F C D G B E
Wassalou / Songhai Raised A Major Mali G A D G B E
Djeli Madi Tounkara Mali C Bb D G C F
Djeli Madi Tounkara Rentrant C# Mali C# F# B E G# C#

Citations: Bibliography: Mande Music by Eric Charry pp. 288-290 Guitar Tuning ~ Traditional And Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa. The University of Chicago Press ISBN 0-226-101062-2 © 2000 ;

Guitar Tunings / East Africa
Names Nomenclature Region Tunings
Standard E Min 11 * E A D G B E
Mi Composé E Min 11 Congo E A [d] G B E
Jean Bosco Mwenda Katanga, Congo F A D G C E
Botswana F X A C F X
Full C Uganda
Half C Uganda
LG Uganda
KG High Six Uganda
CG Uganda
Spanish Uganda E C# A E A E
D Maj 7 Tanzania D A D F# A C#
Hauyani Uganda G E C G E C
Hauyani Uganda G E C G C C

Note: The “X” denotes removed strings. Mi Composé tuning as used for Rumba and Soukous in Congo DRC, differs from the standard tuning. In which only the D string has been replaced with the bottom E string to raise the D to an entire octave.

The “Lazy D Tuning” E A D G B D as we know it in North America; is used in the genre of Maskandi music.

Citations: Bibliography: Theory of African Music Volume II by Gerhard Kubik – Chapter IX Genealogy of a Malawian Musician Family pp. 247 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45694-2 ISBN-10: 0-225-45694-3 ; Garland Encyclopedia Book Africa [book & audio cd] ; Africa & The Blues by Gerhard Kubik ; Some Characteristics Of The Blues Page 83 ; University Press of Mississippi ; ISBN 978-1-57807-146-4 ;