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One of the most versatile tunings:
E B A D (from botton to top)

Here’s a way of achieving a finer tuning.

 
 
 
         
 

The "Rasgado".

This is the name given to the technique used on the Minho cavaquinho. It’s a special technique which allows the rhythm, harmony and melody to be worked simutaneously. This is only possible because, on the cavaquinho, the soundboard is at the same level as the neck, leaving a very short distance between the strings and the soundboard, saving your fingers from discomfort when playing ‘the tear’.

It is played with the right hand’s four fingers, or with just the thumb and index finger separated by a distance of approximately 8cm, in a constant down-up and up-down movement.

The cavaquinho is an instrument with a great range of tunings which, just as with the viola, vary according to geographical setting, traditional forms and even different players. 

The best-known tunings, still used today, are:

D - A - B - E (from top to botton)

D - G - B - D (from top to botton mas usa-se também G - G - B - D

A - A - C# - E (from top to botton).

In the town of Barcelos, the preferred tuning was G - C - E - A (from top to bottom). It was known as “The Maia Tuning”.

In the CHORDS section you will find the diagrams corresponding to these tunings.

 

 

 

 
   
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