Scordatura Definition

An alternate way of tuning a stringed instrument that varies from standard tuning.
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Origin of Scordatura

  • Italian from scordato out of tune from past participle of scordare to put out of tune s- privative prefix (from Latin ex- ex–) (ac)cordare to bring into agreement, tune (an instrument) (from Medieval Latin accordāre to bring into agreement accord) (the musical sense in Italian perhaps being influenced by Italian corda cord, string of a musical instrument) (and its source, Latin chorda)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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