A Handy Guide to Stringed Instrument Tunings / by Music Orange

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BARITONE GUITAR

Common: B-E-A-D-F#-B

Also: A-D-G-C-E-A and C-F-A#-D#-G-C

BASS

4-string: E-A-D-G

5-string: B-E-A-D-G

6-string: B-E-A-D-G-C

DOBRO, LAPSTEEL

G-B-D-G-B-D

GUITAR: STANDARD TUNINGS

6-string: E-A-D-G-B-E

7-string: B-E-A-D-G-B-E

GUITAR: OPEN TUNINGS

Open A: E-A-C#-E-A-E or E-A-E-A-C♯-E

Open B: B-F♯-B-F♯-B-D♯

Open C: C-G-C-G-C-E

Open C6: C-A-C-G-C-E

Open D: D-A-D-F♯-A-D. To make playing minor chords easier, tune the F# to F instead.

Open E: Use open D tuning and capo the second fret

Open F: F-A-C-F-C-F

Open G: D-G-D-G-B-D - To sound like Keith Richards, remove the lowest string or tune to G–G–D–G–B–D

GUITAR: DROP TUNINGS

Drop B: B-F#-B-E-G#-C#

Drop D: D-A-D-G-B-E

Drop C: C-G-C-F-A-D

Double Drop D: D-A-D-G-B-D

GUITAR: SOME OTHER TUNINGS

DADGAD or Celtic: D-A-D-G-A-D

DADADD: D-A-D-A-D-D

Standard D: D-G-C-F-A-D

Nashville: This is just standard tuning, but replace the E-A-D-G strings with lighter gauges (you can get them from a 12-string set) and tune these strings an octave up.

MANDOLIN

G-D-A-E

TENOR GUITAR

Standard: C-G-D-A

Chicago Tuning: D-G-B-E

Guitar Tuning: A-D-G-B

Irish: G-D-A-E 

UKULELE

Soprano or concert: G-C-E-A, usually with the 4th string G tuned an octave higher so that it’s a major second below the A string.

Tenor: G-C-E-A, usually with the 4th string G tuned so that it’s a major ninth below the A string.

Baritone: D-G-B-E