This page is dedicated to collecting Asian guitar tunings as the instrument's usage evolves in different areas. Alternate tunings and modifications are often made stringed instruments to suite the music. For example as we see with the Chaturangui or Mohan Veena in Indian Classical Music or the scalloped guitar of Vietnam. In Indonesia the use of alternate guitar tunings is very much a regional phenomena. In neighbouring Papua New Guinea the guitar culture there is said to be one of the youngest. In Myanmar (Burma) a slide guitar is usually tuned in F G C F G C this is to allow Burmese classical music to be performed on guitar. This type of tuning would be classified as a "cross tuning". As with the use of alternate guitar tunings South America, the same rules apply in regarding their classification.

Indonesian Guitar Tunings
Name Type Region Tunings
Kemayoran

F C D G C E
Stem Las Bas

F C D G B E
Stem Pal

F Bb D G C E
Los Quin Tallu Tallu


G C D G B D
Karambagan

G A D G B E
Andu' andu' rudang


E A D G A E
Rabana

E A E G A E
Stem Kembang Kacang


F# A C# F# B E

Sources: Bibliography; SFW40447.pdf (liner notes) Pages 10-12 CD Vol 20 Indonesian Guitars, Smithsonian Folkways. Note there are two names for this tuning the first being Stem and the second name is "Kemayoran" G A D G B E. The name Stem nasib applies to the standard tuning E A D G B E.

Papua New Guinea Tunings
Name Type Region Tunings
C Ki
Milne Bay
G C D G B D



G A D A D F#
Faiv Ki

  E A B E G# B
 Samoan Ki

 Hood Lagoon
D E A E A C#
 
 













Sources: Guitar Style, Open Tunings, and String Band Music in Papua New Guinea by Denis Crowdy ISBN 9980-68-048-2 (Book).






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