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Guitar Tunings / Alternate
Names Nomenclature Pitch Tunings
Standard Renterant E m11th E / A / D / G / B / E
Semitone Renterant Eb Eb / Ab / Db / Gb / Bb / Eb
Tone Down Renterant D D / G / C / F / A / D
Renterant D# D# / G# / C# / F# / A# / D#
Renterant C# C# / F# / B / E / G# / C#
* * * *
Lute Renterant E / A / D / F# / B / E
Lute No. 2 Renterant E / A / D / F# / A / E
Renterant A Sus 4/7 E / A / D / G / A / E
Lazy D Renterant D E / A / D / G / B / D
E / A / D / E / A / E
All Fourths Renterant F F / A / D / G / C / F
New Standard Renterant C / G / D / A / E / G
Augmented 4ths Renterant F C / F# / C / F# / C / F#
* * * *
 Dropped  A A / G / C / F / A / D
Semitone Down Dropped A# / Bb A# / F / A# / D# / G / C
Dropped B B / F# / B / E / G# / C#
Dropped B B / Gb / Bb / Eb / Ab / Db
Major S6th C / A / D / G / B / E
* * * *
Modal C C / F / C / G / C / D
Double Drop C C / G / C / F / A / C
Dropped C C / G / C / F / A / D
Dropped C# C# / G# / C# / F# / A# / D#
Open C# C# / G# / C# / F / G# / C#
Alternate Dropped C Sus 4/9 C / G / C / E / G / D
Vestapol Open C C / G / C / E / G / C
Dropped C Sus 4 C / G / C / F / G / C
Dropped C Sus 4/9 C / G / C / F / C / D
C C / G / C / G / C / D
Open C6 C / G / C / G / A / E
Modal C / G / C / G / B / D
Open C Maj 7 C / G / C / G / B / E
Orkney Modal G Sus 4/4 C / G / C / G / C / D
C / G / C / G / C / E
* * * *
Dropped C C / G / D / G / A / D
Open G / C Add4 C / G / D / G / B / D
Dropped C C / G / D / G / B / E
C Sus 2 C / G / D / G / C / D
Open C C / G / D / G / C / E
* * * *
C6th Lap Steel C6 C / E / G / A / C / E
Major Thirds Major C C / E / G / C / E / G
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Dropped D Min 7 D / A / D / F / A / C
Dropped D Maj 7 D / A / D / F# / A / C#
Dropped D Minor D / A / D / F / A / D
Dropped D 6/9 D / A / D / F# / B / E
Open D Major D / A / D / F# / A / D
Open B Min 7 D / A / D / F# / B / D
D# D# / A# / D# / F / A# / E
* * * *
D A D G A D Modal D Sus 4 D / A / D / G / A / D
Open A Sus 4 D / A / D / G / A / E
Double Dropped D D / A / D / G / B / D
Double Dropped D Dropped Db Db / Ab / Db / Gb / Bb / Db
Dropped D Dropped  D D / A / D / G / B / E
D# / A# / D# / G# / C / F
* * *  *
Open E Sus 2 E / B / E / F# / B / E
Open E Minor E / B / E / G / B / E
Open E Major E / B / E / G# / B / E
* * *  *
Open F C / F / C / F / A / C
F 5th C / F / C / F / C / F
F Sus 2 C / G / C / F / G / C
Open F F / A / C / F / C / F
Open F F / A / C / F / C / F
Open F F / Ab / C / F / C / F
Alternate Cross-Note F F / C / F / Ab / C / F
Curtis Mayfield F# F# / A# / C# / F# / A# / F#
* * *  *
D / G / D / F# / B / D
D / G / D / F# / B / E
D / G / D / G / A / D
D / G / D / G / A / E
G6 D / G / D / G / B / E
Dropped G D / G / D / G / B / D
Dobro Open G G / B / D / G / B / D
* * * *
Alternate Open A Major E / A / C# / E / A / C#
Open A Major E / A / C# / E / A / E
Alternate Open A Major E / A / C# / A / C# / E
Slide Open A Major E / A / E / A / C# / E
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Africa

 

Guitar Tunings / West Africa
Names Nomenclature Tunings
Taara No. 1 C Maj 6th C / A / D / G / B / E
Sinquente Cix Open G Major D / G / D / G / B / D
F / A / D / G / C / E
Taara No. 2 F / C / D / G / B / E
Jarabi F / C / D / G / C / E
Wassalou / Songhai Raised G Major G / A / D / G / B / E
Djeli Madi Tounkara C / Bb / D / G / C / F
Djeli Madi Tounkara Rentrant C# 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 / Central & East Africa
Names Nomenclature Tunings
Standard E / A / D / G / B / E
Mi Composé E / A / [d] / G / B / E
Jean Bosco Mwenda F / A / D / G / C / E
Botswana F / X / A / C / F / X
Daniel Kachamba Full C
Daniel Kachamba Half C
Daniel Kachamba LG
Daniel Kachamba KG High Six
Daniel Kachamba CG
Daniel Kachamba Spanish E / C# / A / E / A / E
Zambia D Maj 7 D / A / D / F# / A / C#
Hauyani G / E / C / G / E / C
Hauyani 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 an bottom E string to raise the D to an entire octave.

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 ;

Indonesia

 

Indonesian Guitar Tunings
Names Nomenclature Tunings
Stem Las Bas F / C / D / G / B / E
Kemayoran F / C / D / G / C / E
Stem Pal F / Bb / D / G / C / E
Stem Krembang Kacang F# / A / C# / F# / B / E
Los Quinn Tallu-Tallu G / C / D / G / B / D
Karambagan G / A / D / G / B / E
E Minor E / B / D / G / B / E
Andu Andu Rudang A Sus 4/7 E / A / D / G / A / E
Rabana E Minor E / A / E / G / A / E

Citations: Discography: Liner Notes from the Music of Indonesia Series Vol. 20 Indonesian Guitars SFW40447 pp. 10-11 [adobe PDF file] ;