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VARIOUS POPULAR TUNINGS


Tunings are given here from the bass string to the treble. Where there are higher pitched strings where you would usually find a lower string they are given in place. I also find it usful to use the terminology refering to eg. 5 courses, 10 strings. ie. 10 strings tuned in pairs. A ball end string can easily be converted to a loop by carefully cutting the brass ball out with wire snips. Compiled by Dave Benton, Pete McClelland and Chris Stanton.
INSTRUMENT TUNING Bass --> Treble
MANDOLINGDAE
Light34w 22w 13 09
Medium36w 24w 14 10
MANDOLA (TENOR)C G D A
Alvey Turner36w30w2013
Medium48w32w24w14
OCTAVE MANDOLAG D A E
Light 44w 30w 20w 12
Medium 48w 36w 22w 14
IRISH BOUZOUKIGG DD AA EE/DD
Light 40w 28w 16 11
Medium44w 28w 20w 13
Fylde (octave tuned)48w/24w 28w/10 16/16 10/10
GREEK BOUZOUKICc Ff AA DD
30w/13 24w/10 14/14 11/11
CITTERNGG DD AA EE AA
GDADA46w36w171308
GCGCG/GDGDG44w34w24w1610
MANDOCELLOCC GG DD AA
74w48w3422w
5 STRING BANJOGC/DGBD
Light 09 20w 13 11 09
Medium 10 24w 15 13 10
JAZZ TENOR BANJOC G D A
Medium 30w 22w 14 10
IRISH TENOR BANJOG D A E
Light 36w 24w 16 12
Medium 38w 26w 18 12
PLECTRUM BANJOCGBD
Alternative Tuning:DGBE
Light 22w 18 12 10
Medium 24w 20w 14 11
OUDG A B E A D
Nylon Strung41w 33w 29w 25w2924
LUTEDDFFGGCCFFAADDG
Nylon Strung
BALALAIKAE E A
012 011 08
UKELELEGCEA
Alternative Tuning:ADF#B
Nylon Strung28 34 32 24
BARITONE UKEDGBE
Nylon Strung 35w30w3228
CUATROA D F# B
Nylon Strung
CUATRO DE PUERTO RICOB E A DG
CHARANGO (Chile)E A E CG
DULCIMER (Ionian Mode)A D DD
Light 20w 10 10
Medium 22w 11 11
(Myxolydian Mode)D A DD
Light 30w 18p 10
Medium 32w 20p 11
ACOUSTIC GUITARE A D G B E
Extra Light 47w 39w 30w 23w1410
Light 52w42w30w23w1511
Medium 56w45w35w26w1713
12 STRING GUITAReE aA dD GG BB EE
Extra Light 27w/47w 18p/39w 12/30w 10/23w1410
Light 30w/52w20p/42w14/30w10/23w1511
ELECTRIC GUITARE A D G B E
Extra Light 38w 30w 22w 141108
Light 42w32w24w161109
Medium 46w36w26w171310
DOBROD B D G B D
Medium 60w46w34w24p1814
BASS GUITARE A D G
Extra Light 95 70 60 40
Light 100 80 65 45
Medium 105857050
TENOR GUITAR - CGDAA D G C
27w 20w 13 9
TENOR GUITAR - GDAEE A D G
42w 30w 20w 13
PORTUGUESE GITARRAD A B E A B/D
Sometimes tuned one tone lower30w 20w 18w 120908
BANDURRIAAA DD GG CC FF BbBb
Sometimes tuned a semitone lower36w 32w 22w 20w1511
LAUDGG CC F#F# BB EE AA
TIPLEAa dDd f#F#f# BB
22w/10 15/34w/15 12/26w/12 10/10
HURDY GURDYChanterelles AA Bourdons AA GC
Viola A Viola A Cello G Cello C
SYMPHONIEG C G
Alternative:G D G
SAZD A D
(There are many alternatives)