Menu of Altered Tunings (100+)


In-depth ‘taster menu’ of 6-string guitar tunings, from all around the globe…




Search 100+ altered tunings: type in names, notes, artists, songs, sequences, descriptions, etc…or browse the full menu below:



A few fascinating tunings I feel deserve some more attention:

[Lefty Flip | Mauna Loa | Papuan 4-Key | Slack Thwack A | Zen Drone]

—peruse the full menu below, vaguely sorted into categories—


Transpositions of EADGBE’s familiar ‘5-5-5-4-5’ pattern – as used by various guitar traditions of the past and present:

Standard (T1)

Eb Standard (T2)

D Standard (T3)

Db Standard (T4)

C Standard (T5)

B Baritone (T6)

F Standard (T72)

G Terz (T78)


Exploring the low-end realms – tunings primarily focused on slackening the 6str / 1str:

Drop D (T7)

Double Drop D (T8)

Drop C (T9)

Full Drop C (T10)

Slack Thwack A (T11)


Essential three-note maj, min, and sus4 open tunings – covering the classic open, slide, folk, & blues configurations:

Open D (T12)

Open Dm (T13)

Open Dsus (T14)

Open G (T15)

Open Gm (T16)

Open Gsus (T17)

Open C (T18)

Open Cm (T19)

Open Csus (T20)

Open E (T21)

Open Em (T22)

Open F (T24)

Open Fm (T25)

Open A (T23)


Intervallic (a.k.a. ‘regular’) tunings – all adjacent strings are separated by the same number of semitones:

All Minor 3rds (T26)

All Major 3rds (T27)

All Fourths (T28)

All Tritones (T29)

All Fifths (T30)

All Minor 6ths (T31)


Tunings gathered from around the world – India, Iran, Mali, Turkey, Congo, Ecuador, Hawaii, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, & further afield:

Ali Farka Touré (T100)

Arabic Oud (T97)

Atta’s C (T37)

Bağlama (T95)

Carnatic Drone (T66)

Charango (T85)

Haja’s Bb (T90)

Jack’s Chikari (T83)

Malagasy Kabosy (T92)

Mauna Loa (T35)

Mi-composé (T39)

Orkney (T36)

Papuan Four-Key (T79)

Rakotomavo (T91)

Turkish Oud (T96)

Wahine (T34)

Zen Drone (T42)


Tunings associated with specific guitarists, pieces, or performances – somewhat loosely delimited:

Airtap! (T93)

Albert Collins (T52)

Albert King (T73)

Black Crow (T81)

Blown a Wish (T75)

Bruce Palmer (T53)

Cello / Haircut (T49)

Coyote (T65)

Dracula (T87)

Equilibrium (T94)

Ethereal (T59)

Fripp’s New Standard (T46)

Funky Avocado (T70)

Gambale (T47)

Ghost Reveries (T61)

Godzilla (T88)

Gothic (T60)

Hejira (T64)

I Only Said (T76)

Iris (T74)

José González (T48)

Karnivool (T55)

Magic Farmer (T71)

Nick’s Road (T82)

Only Shallow (T40)

Ostrich (T56)

Pink Moon (T67)

Place to Be (T68)

Schizophrenia (T86)

Teardrop (T99)

Wind of Change (T51)

Yvette’s Dadd9 (T89)


Various sources, concepts, & ideas – historical, experimental, instrument-based, non-melodic, oddball, etc:

Alphabet (T84)

Banjo (T32)

Cabbage (T57)

Dobro (T33)

Drop DG (T77)

Flip Thirds (Min) (T50)

Flip Thirds (Maj) (T62)

Fuji (T98)

Icarus (T45)

Iraqi (T58)

Lefty Flip (T43)

Lute / Vihuela (T44)

Math Rock F (T63)

Nashville (T38)

Overtone Stack (T41)

Papa-Papa (T54)

Ten Years (T80)

Yad-Gad (T69)


More tunings from around the globe – Indian raga, Arabic maqam, Balinese gamelan, etc…



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George Howlett is a London-based musician, writer, and teacher. I play guitar, tabla, and santoor, loosely focusing on jazz, rhythm, and other global improvised traditions. Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, interconnecting fresh vibrations with the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them. Site menu above, follow below, & get in touch!


Dedicated to Nigel Tufnel – a true tuning connoisseur

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