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These are alternate guitar tunings that are used in Peruvian and other South American Guitar traditions. The open and dropped tunings are the more commonly used alternate tunings.

The same tunings under numerous different names can be found in Peru, Argentina, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. For example D / A / D / F# / B / E the D 6/9 tuning, it is known as Rondeñas in Flamenco and used in the Amazonian region of Peru. It is also known as D Ni`ihau / Old Mauna Loa tuning in Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.

Note: Should you attempt a tuning whose notes maybe a semitone or tone above the Baulin F / A / D / G / B / E. I would recommend the lightest string gauge set available for nylon string guitars. These tunings can be used on acoustic steel string and electric guitars with appropriate gauges.

Scordatura / Guitar Tunings / South America
Names Nomenclature Region Tuning
Standard * E / A / D / G / B / E
Setime Dulce Peru E / A / D / G / B / D
Wailija E / A / Db / G / B / E
Argentina E / A / D / G / C# / E
Cajamarca E / A / D / A / C# / E
Victim E / A / D / F / G# / C
Diablo No. 1 F# / A / C# / F# / B / F#
F# / A / C# / G / B / E
Diablo No. 2 Cusco E / A / C# / F# / B / Eb
E / A / D# / F# / B / E
Diablo E / A / D# / F# / B / D#
Victim F Minor E / A / D# / F# / B / E
E / A / D / G / B / G
BaulÍn F / A / D / G / B / E
F / A / D / G / Bb / E
Huayno Peru F / B / D / G / B / E
F / Bb / D / G / B / E
F / Bb / D / G / C / E
E / C / D / G / B / E
Peru E / G / D / G / B / E
Drop C Argentina C / A / D / G / B / E
Drop D D / A / D / G / B / E
Dropped F# D / A / D / F# / B / E
 Open D Minor D / A / D / F / A / D
Open D Major D / A / D / F# / A / D
D 6/9 D / A / D / F# / B / E
Yaravi Peru D / B / D / G / B / E
Baulin / Harp Peru D / B / D / F# / B / E
Open E Minor E / B / E / G / B / E
Open E Major E / B / E / G# / B / E
E / Bb / E / G# / B / E
Open G Major * D / G / D / G / B / D
G6 D / G / D / G / B / E
D / G / D / G / D / F#
D / G / D / G# / B / D#
Raised G Argentina G / A / D / G / B / E
Comuncha Open G Peru G  / B / D / G / B / D
Comuncha Peru G / B / D / G / B / E
Comuncha G Minor * G / Bb / D / G / B / E
Diablo Peru G / Bb / D / G / C / E
G / C / D / G / C / E

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Pacoweb.net [archived on the wayback machine] ;

 

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