[skawr-duh-too r-uh; Italian skawr-dah-too-rah]
- the tuning of a stringed instrument in other than the usual way to facilitate the playing of certain compositions.
Origin of scordatura
1875–80; < Italian, equivalent to scordat(o), past participle of scordare to be out of tune (< Latin discordāre; see discord) + -ura noun suffix
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