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Methods of tuning the open strings on a guitar or other chordophone that differ from what is considered to be standard.

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Dobro guitars strings and tuning

Having just made a foray into Dobro guitars, finding one that needed some refurbishment, I assumed that the tuning was standard EADGBE, as a normal guitar. Doing some research, I find it's not. For ...
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Is there a mathematic reason why Standard tuning for guitar is number 1 in the series of tunings? Could AI find it given a guitar with no tuning? [duplicate]

Physics, Mathematics, and Linguistic Stack Exchange simply refuse to accept questions about the mathematics of tablature and guitar. But what is tablature besides lines and numbers? These sites often ...
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Will a drop Bb tuning damage my bass?

I've been asked to play a gig where one of the tunes is Breaking Benjamin's "I Will Not Bow." The bass tabs I find show the tuning for a 5-string is (low to high) Bb - F - Bb - Eb - Ab . I'...
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What do bassists normally tune to in thall or in bands that tune to drop E?

I've started writing and recording some thall style music that is tuned to drop E. This is my first time recoring in drop E so and I am wondering what bands normally do with the bass as far as tuning ...
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Which genres of African folk music uses high strung tuning on guitars?

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 ...
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Dissonance in SWV 447

I'm a huge fan of Heinrich Schütz and in particular of the Dresdner Kammerchor's recordings of his work. This moment in bar 169 of "Vater Abraham, erbarme dich mein, SWV 447" really caught ...
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DADDAD chord progression on guitar

I have a chord progression: Verse: Dm9 D9#5 Dm9 D9#5 Dm9 A7#5 D Chorus: Gm9 F6/9 G D9 D7 D When going from the last D in the chorus to the first Dm9 in the verse, it sounds incongruous. Any ideas how ...
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Tenor guitar tunings: which is higher pitched?

I have read of three common tenor guitar tunings: "standard" CGDA "Irish" GDAE "Chicago" DGBE "Chicago" tuning is just like the top four strings of a regular ...
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Which tuning should be used for Gymnopedie 1 on steel string guitar [closed]

I am trying to tune my steel string acoustic to sound like the interpretation performed by Brandon J. Acker, although his guitar is gut strung. I tried E major and D major but it doesn't sound like ...
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Is there anything about a strat that lends itself to Eb standard tuning?

I have read that Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix tuned their Fender Stratocasters to Eb standard. I have not heard of it being done to other guitars. Is there anything specific to a Stratocaster ...
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How many notes are in an octave in Indian classical music? Is it 7, 12, or 22?

What is the logic behind dividing an octave into 22 notes?
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12 string tuning to DADGAD

For tuning dadgad on my 12 string would it be: D1D2 A1A2 etc up to gad (leaving gad same octave) on my tuner to get the correct octaves?
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Why are open guitar tunings usually in major?

What I notice is that the common open guitar tunings are usually in major. Of course anyone can tune their guitar any way they want, but major seems to be the standard. I was wondering why. For ...
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Are there regular open tunings for guitar?

I understand the difference between open tuning (all 6 open strings play a chord) and regular tuning (the intervals between strings are the same). I would like to know if it is possible to have both, ...
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How do you play a low Eb on a double bass?

The opera Das Rheingold starts with four of the double basses playing a low E-flat, one half step below the lowest E on a bass with standard tuning. In the sheet music, there is the instruction that ...
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How to make a custom tuning for fingerstyle guitar

Kent nishimura, i rarely see him used standard tuning. I want to know how does he get his Tuning for the songs he is arranging, i dont need to know how he arrange his songs since that seems to be ...
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How to find the right tuning for arranging songs? [duplicate]

I want to know how to find the right tuning to be comfortable and able to combine many different voicings on a single guitar, I also wanted to spice up my arrangement. I saw kent nishimura on YouTube, ...
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Using Chapman Stick tunings in TuxGuitar

I'm trying to use TuxGuitar with a Chapman Stick, which, for those who don't know, is a 10-string instrument played with two-handed tapping and with a quite unusual tuning (see here: http://stick.com/...
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How would you play a normal song on an n-TET instrument?

I learnt this week that if we divide an octave into 53 notes (53-TET), then all basic intervals approximations will be improved. I am trying to understand how one would play a normal song (for 12-TET) ...
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How should tuning systems / temperaments be notated in modern scores?

Similar to this question: How were tuning/temperaments indicated on scores (if they ever were)? In modern musical notation how should the use of something other than equal temperament be notated? See ...
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How do I tune my guitar like a bajo sexto

I was just wondering how to tune my guitar to sound like a bajo sexto. I watched a video on YouTube, but it was confusing.
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26 inch scale length good enough for Drop tuning guitar?

I've recently been trying to drop tune to Drop G. I've read that a 27 inch scale length would be good but I was wondering if 26 would be okay. Thanks!
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How does changing a guitar string's tuning affect its timbre?

I'm not a guitar player, but have been reading some posts about alternative tunings. There are several mentions of how tuning a string up or down can change its timbre, but I haven't found anything ...
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How to know what guitar to buy for a C F C F A# D G tuning?

For some months I've been quite obsessed with the sound of some djent metal groups. Bought a 7-string guitar with the largest scale length I could afford along with an 8 string pack, the thickest one ...
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Determining the name of a certain alternate tuning?

For example if the tuning is C A D G B E What is that called? Not Drop C is it?
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Determining open tunings while transcribing

I have recently tried to transcribe more songs by ear and it goes alright as long as I know the tuning. I was wondering if there is any tips or techniques for determining what (open) tuning is used in ...
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When is just intonation more appropriate than 12-tone equal temperament?

I have recently learnt about different tuning methods, and 12-tone equal temperament is a very well-designed compromise. However, are there usage scenarios where it's better to use just intonation ...
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Tuning vs truss rod

I've been going back and forth between standard, open E, and D tuning on some songs I play. A lot of the time strings will break even when I'm tuning down. Is this because of the truss rod? Are there ...
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What are good sources of information about non-standard tuning systems ("microtunings")? [duplicate]

Prompted by answers and comments on this question, I'd like to collect up some online references for microtunings and microtonal music. This subject seems to be picking up ever more interest but it ...
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Tried Eb alternate tuning but guitar intonation is off and I'm unsure how to fix it

I have a fender mexican strat, with 10s. I have never changed string gauge, I only tuned all the strings down half a step to Eb from E. The issue I am running into is that the low Eb, Ab, Db, and Gb ...
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Are just intervals a human universal?

It is my understanding that unaccompanied singers (or players of fret less instruments) will naturally tend to sing (or play) just intervals, i.e. intervals whose frequency ratios are ratios of simple ...
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A database of every guitar chord? [closed]

For a tool I'm developing, I'd like to have a database of all playable chords (and voicings) on guitar. "playable" would mean either : any position that the human with the biggest stretch ...
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Do any prominent string players tune the top and bottom string to be a just minor 10th or major 13th?

I'm thinking of bass, viola, violin, and cello, though my question could apply to any instrument tuned in stacked fourths/fifths. Typically the strings are tuned using the 3rd and 4th harmonics so ...
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How much can we lower the tuning on a classical guitar?

I'm wondering if the following tuning can be used in a regular classical guitar A3 E3 C3 G2 D2 A1 and if so, what set of strings could be used? I'm worried maybe the tension would be too much, but ...
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Is it mathematically possible to create an equal temperament which matches just interval ratios?

I've coded a Python app which lets us have any number of semitones in an octave in order to experiment with microtonal music. I would like to ask if there's a possibility to create such an equal ...
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if a song is writting in one tuning on guitar can it be then translated into standard tuning

If a song is played in C G C F A D tuning on guitar. Can it be then translated into standard tuning. Can you extract standard tuning chords for a song played in C G C F A D ? I hope my question is ...
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Open G guitar, better position for major chords

I am trying to master Russian 7-string guitar which has Open G tuning. Unfortunately, there is so little literature on this instrument for dummies like me. Now with the Open G I have to decide whether ...
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Can any song on guitar be played with standard tuning and without a capo?

Sometimes I see artists I like that either use weird tunings or a capo when they play a song. I don't feel like finding my capo nor changing from standard tuning. Is it theoretically possible to play ...
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Add a new guitar tuning to TuxGuitar

I want to add Open D tuning to TuxGuitar. I go to Track > Properties and then click on the wrench next to tuning. + adds another note to EADGBE. I want to add an entire tuning - DADGAD. How do I do ...
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6 vs 7 string guitar for a student for multiple tunings

I'm currently studying in an overseas University, without my guitar(s). I generally play in Standard/Eb/Drop D tunings on my 6 string, but I've been wanting to play songs that are in Drop B/Drop A. ...
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Why isn't the guitar tuned EADGCE? [duplicate]

One of the most annoying idiosyncrasies of standard guitar tuning EADGBE is that third between the G and the B. When you move chord shapes or scale patterns around the neck you always have to take ...
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When was "Nashville Tuning" invented?

Answering a question about alternate tuning today got me thinking about Nashville Tuning and that this is basically the exact same concept used by Stanley Clarke (and apparently Ron Carter) to "invent"...
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Tuning a keyboard

Is there any software in which I can connect my casio keyboard (mk-210) to use as input and select the tuning in cents or frequency for each note manually to listen to as an output so I can try ...
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Tune high B and E strings one octave apart like the other strings?

Traditionally high B and E strings are tuned in unison. Why are they tuned like this? Unlike the rest of strings. If this can be done anyway, could this be achieved with the standard set of unwounded ...
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How to Choose the Best Alternate Tuning

This is essentially a generalized version of this question for fingerstyle guitar, and I'm surprised I can't find it on this website: how do I find the most optimal alternate tuning for a guitar/bass(/...
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Can I use one string gauge for standard D and drop B tuning?

I've been using 10 - 48 gauge strings for standard E tuning for 3 years, but I want to change to standard D tuning. I read somewhere that I should use 11 - 58 or 10 - 58 gauge strings for this tuning; ...
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What makes a B-D-D-D-D-D tuning useful? Doesn't it make it more difficult to play?

In the wikipedia article for the song Iris it says there is an: unusual guitar tuning in which most of the strings are tuned to D, lending the guitar a chorus-like effect. In a follow up article ...
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How accurate are 12TET approximations of Japanese scales?

Is it possible on normal European instruments to play Japanese scales like the Hirajōshi, Insen, In, Ryo, etc, without retuning? If I do have to retune, where can I find out which exact intervals are ...
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Strat tuned to C standard with 13-56 strings - intonation problems

I play a hardtail stratocaster with the following set of strings: 13, 17, W26, W36, W44, W56 (W means wound) and tuned to C standard: C F Bb Eb G C. Since all the time now I have intonation issues. ...
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Should I increase the number of wraps around tuning peg if tuning down

I used this method for stringing my guitar: https://www.taylorguitars.com/support/strings/changing-steel-strings Which states: "Two to three wraps is perfect for the bass strings." If I were to ...
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