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Guitar Tunings (West Africa)
Names (Africa)
Names (English) Country
Key
 Tunings
Taara No.1 Drop C Mali C C A D G B E
Taara No.2
Mali F F A D G B E

Mali F F A D G C E
Jarabi
Mali F F C D G B E
Cinquente-six
Mali G6 D G D G B E


Mali G G A D G B E


Niger
G B D G B E
Citations: The G A D G B E tuning as used by Ali Farka Toure is a well used tuning giving a bourdon on the G when a pentatonic scale is played. Avoiding the use of chords as in standard tuning and focusing on the two finger technique while playing will produce the desired result. F A D G C E Mandé Music by Eric Charry © Chicago Press [page 288] ISBN 0-224-10162-2.


Guitar Tunings (Central & South Africa)
Names (Africa)
Names (English) Country
Key
 Tunings

Open D Major
D D A f# d

  Congo DR. A  F A D G B E


Malawi
C X F G B E

"Full C"
Malawi
  F X D G B E

Key G High Six Malawi


CG
Malawi    


Namibia A F X D G B E
 
Botswana
F F C A X X D
Maskandi Lazy D
South Africa
  E A D G B E
Hauyani
South Africa C G E C G C C
Hauyani
Open C
South Africa C  G E C G E C

Citations: Daniel Kamchamba, a guitarist from Uganda who developed his own unique system of alternate tunings in which he composed his melodies. He was documented extensively by Kubik used tunings including "Full C" often involving the removal of the fifth or A string leaving the A string blank. The tuning F X D G B E (the "x" the removed fifth string) is fairly common in Congo Dr and its close neighbours Namibia, South Africa under different names. Theory of African Music Volume II by Gerhard Kubik [Pages 225, 246 Chapter IX] © 2010 Chicago Press ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45694-2