Topic: mandolin tuning

Hello everyone. Just got a mandolin to play with. Now... how is it tuned? Can I use a guitar tuner? Any help would be appreciated, Thyanks


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Re: mandolin tuning

If you want to play Irish traditional stuff you would be better tuning it to GDAE



Re: mandolin tuning

hi dada,

yes you can use a guitar tuner.

also, there are different ways top tune the mandolin but the GDAE is i tihnk the most popular way to tune, and as said it makes an easy way of playing irish/scottish folk tunes and probably more. I learned guns and roses " civil war " with this tuning.

here is a link to a mandloin page that might help

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and for a list of mandolin chords

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hope that helps


ye get some that are cut out for the job and others just get by from pretending

Re: mandolin tuning

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Re: mandolin tuning

you can use a guitar tuner...IF AND ONLY IF it just shows the name of the notes. OK, the names of the strings:: with the mandolin facing you, the top (thickest diameter) is G; next, D; next, A (hardest to tune, don't ask why); bottom (narrowest diameter), E

does that help??

(oh, yeah: to make songs sound best make sure tuner is set to 440)