The preferred tuning will mostly depend on the type of music
are tuned One Semitone Apart
This tuning is fully chromatic.
On these instruments the
rows are tuned a semitone apart.
This means that the full range of tones and semitones is
Making it possible to play in any key.
is normally played across the rows to play in the keys of
D and G.
The key of C is available straight row.
The number of bass chords availible when playing cross row is
B/C tuning is preferred by Irish musicians
C#/D tuning is preferred by Some Irish musicians
The key of D
is played Straight row, and using the same cross row fingering as
a B/C the keys
of E and A are availible.
are tuned Five Semitones Apart
These are two row instruments and play the
basic scale of D on one row and G on the other.
It is easier to use the bass chords when playing straight row.
On most D/G instruments the two low notes are replaced with
Accidentals (Bottom button)
tuning is popular with English country dance bands
and Morris musicians.
This tuning is popular in Continental Europe
<On boxes with more
than one set of reeds one of the reeds is tuned sharper than the
This gives a beating or tremelo effect.
Different types of tunings are availible Wet,Dry,Swing,Musette
<Dry and Swing tunings are the most popular
(Almost no tremelo.)
About half as much tremelo as the Paolo Soprani or Hohner
Instruments with a large amount of difference are refferred to
as being "Tremelo" tuned,
i.e the Paolo soprani or the
3 sets of reeds, one tuned sharp and one tuned flat with a very
Not so popular in Ireland any more, but still popular in
Scotland and France.
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