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Thread #84223   Message #1555860
Posted By: Little Robyn
04-Sep-05 - 01:07 AM
Thread Name: Are ukuleles a real instrument?
Subject: RE: Are ukelele's a real instrument
In answer to your question:
Why is the top string (vertically speaking) tuned to a higher pitch than the two below it?
One answer could be that if you tried to tune the first string an octave lower, you'd have to use a thicker string that would be too heavy for the little instrument.
I used to have a tenor uke 40 years ago, about the size of a children's guitar, and it was strung and tuned like the top 4 strings of a guitar - ie, the first string was a deeper one and it had a lovely sound. You could just use guitar chords but it was easier to play than a guitar. I wish I still had it but I think it was left at a school I was teaching at.
Robyn