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Standard mandolin tuning

Although mandolin players will sometimes use many different tunings when playing, the most popular one and the one primarily used for bluegrass music is standard tuning. From the lowest string set to the highest string set the tuning is GDAE. This tuning is the same as a violin or fiddle, but instead of 4 strings it has 4 pairs of strings (2 G strings, 2 D strings, 2 A strings and 2 E strings). While tuning your mandolin stroke one string of a pair and mute the other string using the pick.

When tuning your mandolin, don’t turn the peg too hard or fast as it could damage your instrument or break a string. Using a tuner will help you find the notes you’re looking for faster.