minstrel: Lute Tuning

stephanie imnotelling azaleaviola at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 4 15:45:07 PST 2005

hello there :)
I found a pretty helpful page that has all kinds of info for begining 
lutenists :) I hope this is helpful!

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>From: Daði Mánaskröggr Vébrandsson <dramey at dragonsbend.net>
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>I recently received a Lute from the Early Music Store as a gift from my
>parents and my household.  It was a very touching gift as I have wanted one
>for a long time.  Little did I know that I had NO IDEA how to tune it.   
>book that came with it was for an 8 course lute.  The one I got was a 7
>course lute.   I am not sure which strings to tune to which notes.   I am
>fairly confident that the top (or bottom)... Higher pitch anyway, 6 courses
>tune the same.   But on the internet I have read different tunings and I
>want to know which I should use for most early music?  Right now I have
>settled on the following tuning:
>D  G   C   F   A   D   G
>D  F   G   C   F   A    G  - This is the 8 course tuning in the book that I
>Thanks for any advice you might have,
>Daði Mánaskröggr Vébrandsson
>MKA: Daniel Ramey
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