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In La Palma island and in the north of the island of Tenerife, many timple players omit the first (D) string, in order to play the timple as a four-string ukulele, though this is considered less traditional by players and advocates of the five-string version. The players of the four-string style, in return, say that they are simply playing the timple in the old-fashioned way from before the time when a fifth string was introduced in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. The common tuning is GCEAD.
- "Casa-Museo del Timple – Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain". Casadeltimple.org. Retrieved 20 April 2021.