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Tunings

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
E A D G B D
Mi Composé E Min 11 Congo E A [d] G B E
F 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 ;

Guitar Tunings / Indonesia

 

 

Guitar Tunings / Indonesia
Name Nomenclature Region  Genre Tunings
Andu Andu Rudang A Sus 4/7 E A D G A E
Rabana E Minor E A E G A E
E Minor Mandar E B D G B E
F A C G C E
Stem Las Bas F Maj 13#11 F C D G B E
Kemayoran F C D G C E
Stem Pal F Bd D G C E
F# A C# F# B E
Los Quinn Tallu-Tallu G Major Sulawesi Karambagan G C D G B D
Karambagan Sulawesi Karambagan G A D G B D
Sulawesi Karambagan G B D G B D
Stem Sanak Mewang in Ejan G6th Sulawesi Karambagan G B D G B E

Citations: Discography: Liner Notes from the Music of Indonesia Series Vol. 20 Indonesian Guitars SFW40447 pp. 10-11 [adobe PDF file] ; Websites: Erizal Barnawi / Blogspot / Guitar Klasik Lampung Tulang Bawang ;

Guitar Tunings / Papua New Guinea

 

Guitar Tunings / Papua New Guinea
Names Nomenclature Region Tunings
Standard Em11th * E A D G B E
Faiv Ki E A B F# B D#
Faiv Ki E A B E G# B
Faiv Ki F  Bb C G C E
F Bb C F A C
Samoan Ki G A D A D F#
C Ki East New Britain G C D G B D
Samoan Ki Open D Maj 7 Hood Lagoon D E A E A C#

Citations: Bibliography: Guitar Style, Open Tunings, and Stringband Music in Papua New Guinea by ~ Denis Crowdy ; Apwithirer: Studies in Papua New Guinea Musics, 9 ; Three: Analysis – Samoan Ki and the Hood Lagoon Area Page 46, Page 60 ; ISBN 9980-68-048-2 [book] Websites ; George Winston [georgewinston.com – Slack Key Information Booklet ; Section III ] ;

Guitar Tunings / Samoa

The alternate guitar tunings as represented on this page from the Samoan slack key tradition of Igi Le.

1.) Standard Tuning E / A / D / G / B / E called “Ki Sepaniolo” meaning “Spanish Tuning” or “Standard Tuning” and is mainly played in the key of C.

2.) Open G Major tuning D / G / D / G / B / D in Hawaiian slack key it is called the Tarro Patch tuning. In Samoa it is called “Ki Tu Fa” which probably means “Fourth Position Key”.

3.) A variation of the G Major Tuning G / F / D / G / B / D called “Sui Ki A Le Ki Tu Fa” meaning “Slack Key of the Open G” – and “sui” means “change” or “weaken”, which could also be taken to mean “slack”.

4.) D Wahine Tuning D / A / D / F# / A / C# sometimes called “Ki Salamo” and also “Repentance Tuning”.  This tuning was likely introduced originally from Hawaiian Slack Key.

5.) The Sui Ki Maualuga or High Slack Key tuning in Hawaiian Slack Key is C / G / C / G / A / E as used by Leonard Kwan. Also the Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth used a C Mauna Loa Tuning that he called the Samoan Mauna Loa Tuning F / G / C / G / C / E – on the Samoan song “Let Me Hear You Whisper” on his
recording Sonny Solo. Note the tunings are similar to one another.

6.) There is an undocumented tuning called “Ki Tu Lua” or the “Second Position Key”. It is speculated that this tuning could be the F Wahine tuning C / F / C / G / C / E  for reference the Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth occasionally played in a C major tuning that he called the “Samoan C major tuning F / G / C / G / C / E.

Tunings / Samoan Guitar
Names Key / Pitch Tunings
Ki Sepaniolo Standard E A D G B E
Ki Ta Lua C F C G C E
Sui Ki Maualuga High Slack Key C G C G A C
Sui Ki Maualuga High Slack Key C G C G A E
Ki Ta Lua Second Position Key C G C G C E
Ki Ta Lua Second Position Key F G C G C E
Sui Ki A Le Ki Tu Fa Slack Key Open G G F D G B D
Ki Salamo Repentance Tuning  D A D F# A C#
Ki Tu Fa Open G D G D G B D

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: georgewinston.com [Slack Key Guitar, Book 1 pdf file]