Definition of scordatura in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌskôrdəˈto͝orə/


The technique of altering the normal tuning of a stringed instrument to produce particular effects.
Example sentences
  • In his instrumental music, he was renowned for his use of scordatura, or alternate string tunings.
  • The strings of a four-string cello are usually tuned in fifths, but scordatura tunings were used in the baroque era, and so tuning in fifths cannot be taken for granted.
  • Some of the tracks here were intensely experimental, featuring the electric keyboard equivalent of scordatura tuning, lush quasi-orchestral Hammond organ backdrops, haunting saxophone and ethereal wordless vocals.


Late 19th century: Italian, from scordare 'be out of tune'.

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Syllabification: scor·da·tu·ra

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