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Lutes

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by parrott, Dec 26, 2002.


  1. Okay, this is a really long shot.........

    Today, I got hold of a replica 11-string lute. :eek:

    Only thing is: I have no idea how I should string it, and what tuning I should have.


    It's got an 18.5" scale length, and I've been told to keep the tension as low as possible while still being playable.

    Any ideas? Or should I just take it to a music shop and get them to do it? Because I really don't have a clue.
     
  2. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    Cool, Parrott! I'd love to have a lute. I have an oud, though, and the lute is descended from the oud. In Arabic, it is pronounced al-oud, which is where we get "lute". It looks almost exactly like a lute, except it is fretless and has three soundholes. Mine has 11 strings, too, but the Arabic tuning is D G A D G C (low to high). I looked around on the web and found one tuning to be G C F A D G (low to high), but it seems there are many different tunings. Here is a link:http://yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au/~mongoose/tab_read.html

    Good luck!