George Howlett is a London-based musician and writer. I focus (loosely) on jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation, drawing on my study of guitar, sitar, santoor, tabla, & more. Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, connecting fresh vibrations to the voices, cultures, and passions behind them.

WritingsLessons | Sounds •

“An intrepid guitar researcher…”

(Guitar World interview)


‘Double-siding’ in DADGAD: a DIY capo-harp hack •

Projects: Ive worked as a raga musicologist for Darbar, and written articles for Jazzwise, The Wire, and JazzFM on topics from Coltrane and Hendrix to West African polyrhythm and animal musical capabilities. I also teach online, and create sounds as Rāga Junglism. See my site for more!


The ‘World of Tuning’

Exploring how we can get the most out of our peg-twisting rituals, examining tuning horizons from multiple musical angles: practical, harmonic, historic, social, scientific, spiritual, and so forth…

Menu of Tunings (100+) • Altered-tuned artists  Divine Indian drones Global instrument tunings • Joni’s stringed canvas Alpha-melodic word-games Double-siding: capo-harp hacksTales & quotes Megatable: hidden relations Glossary: tuning termsFeedback

There’s perhaps no better guide to alternate tunings than George Howlett’s ‘World Of Tuning’: with its compendium of 100 tunings, each helpfully accompanied by recorded samples, details on the intervallic relationships between strings, and bios of the guitarists who invented or popularised them…” (The Wire: Unofficial Channels, Aug 2022)


• Other Projects •

  • No Kanjira (with Jesse Bannister) – guitar, sax, samples:


• Articles •



George Howlett | Rāga Junglism

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