Tunings

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Playing in open fifths (CGDAE) leads to some tuning paradoxes, especially when trying to choose precise pitches for the sympathetic strings. Hence, players will often use 'open tunings', so that the relationship between the strings is no longer fifths. This is common practice too in the world of hardanger fiddle playing.

'Standard tuning' for a hardanger fiddle is often considered to be ADAE. Hence, we might think of DADAE as 'standard tuning' for the hardanger d'amore.

Tuning the sympathetic strings is usually done to optimise the resonance for the key of the piece you are playing. The range they span is usually quite compressed, coinciding roughly with the tuning of the bowed A and D strings. With the standard tuning listed above, we might tune the sympathetic strings to BDEF#A for tunes in D major, and to BbDEFA for D minor.

Tunings used by players

(automatically generated from the info on each player's page)

players Tunings
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
DADAE
DAEAE Fead an Iolair on Vimeo
on RTE via YouTube
Aonar
DAEAC# What What What
Jack of Diamonds
AAEAC#
CAEAC
DADF#E Leathan le Leathan
Gollywhopper
Folamh
DADFE
CAbCGC Tuireamh na n-Iolar
Caol le Caol on Vimeo
Mausoleum
Laghdú on Vimeo
CGCGC
Dan Trueman
AAEAC# Leathan le Leathan
Gollywhopper
Folamh
Jack of Diamonds
What What What
some traditional Norwegian tunes as well
AAEAE Fead an Iolair
Aonar
DADF#E Orton's Ode
C#AEAC# Ghostwalk
Deiseal
F#C#F#AE Willow
Ways of the Underworld
DADAE some Norwegian and Old Time tunes