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Several links (https://www.premierguitar.com/diy/exploring-nashville-tuning, for example) make a distinction between high-strung tuning (an octave higher EAD strings) and Nashville tuning (an octave higher EADG strings). Where this distinction is made, they say that high-strung tuning is used in certain genres of African folk music.

Which genres of African folk music use high-strung tuning on guitars?

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  • All I'm seeing from some initial broad search is mention of a tuning among 1920s Zulu guitarists that was like standard guitar tuning except that the highest string is lowered to a D. It's probably true, as this book says, that there's a lot of variation (even if one zooms way in from "Africa" to a particular culture and time). May 23, 2023 at 18:52

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