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ukulele tuning

Noah Zacharin 07 Jul 00 - 10:21 AM
Bert 07 Jul 00 - 10:33 AM
Noah Zacharin 07 Jul 00 - 10:36 AM
sian, west wales 07 Jul 00 - 10:37 AM
Whistle Stop 07 Jul 00 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Grandma Marshall 07 Jul 00 - 10:51 AM
Noah Zacharin 07 Jul 00 - 10:51 AM
M. Ted (inactive) 07 Jul 00 - 11:10 AM
Tony Burns 07 Jul 00 - 01:19 PM
Mark Cohen 07 Jul 00 - 07:18 PM
GUEST,Banjo Johnny 08 Jul 00 - 02:52 AM
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Subject: ukulele tuning
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:21 AM

i bought a ukulele--it was for my nephew, i swear it was--he has decided he'd rather have music in his life than another action figure--and i need to know how to tune it. how do you tune it?


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Bert
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:33 AM

A lot of people use GCEA but if you're a guitar player you might prefer DGBE.


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:36 AM

thanks bert. is that from what would be the lowest string on a guitar to the highest? i noticed that the string closest to the players head is thinner than the next one. is the G close in pitch to the A? thanks


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: sian, west wales
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:37 AM

GCEA ... otherwise known as My Dog Has Fleas. At least, that's how my mom always taught it ...

sian


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:48 AM

Whatever note you start on, the intervals are the same as the top four strings on a guitar. But the "top" string (closest to your face) is an octave higher, making it just one whole step lower than the one in the "bottom" position (closest to your feet).


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: GUEST,Grandma Marshall
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:51 AM

My first stringed instrument was a Baritone Ukulele and I always tuned it exactly like the 1st 4 strings of a guitar's standard tuning. It became the perfect teacher to move into a guitar when ready.


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:51 AM

thanks. now it's clear. hawaii here i come.


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 11:10 AM

Here is a previous discussion thread, with info that will help you to decide on which tuning to use, depending on whether your ukulele is Baritone, Tenor, or Soprano, a caveat for tiple players, and links to Hawaiian ukulele site--Ukuleles Anyone?


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Tony Burns
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 01:19 PM

Just to clarify (or confuse). The 4th string (closest to you) can be lower or higher than the 3rd. If you make it lower then you need a heavier string. I think I used a guitar G the last time I did that.

With the high 4 string it's a soprano uke and with the low one it's a tenor.

Tune it to the 1st to 4th strings on a guitar with a capo on either 5 or 7. Books I have mention which tuning a particular song uses. The chords are the same finger positions as the guitar.

Great instrument for a kid to start on. Melanie Doan started that way. I heard her play a mean version of "Don't Get Around Much Any More" on CBC a few months ago.

Uke trivia. Melanie's father manufactured ukes in the Maritimes and was successful in getting them accepted into the school system as a beginner instrument. I'd love to see a Doan Uke.


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 07:18 PM

Noah, let me know when you're coming and I'll take you to the volcano. Talk about hot licks!

Some of the older Tin Pan Alley songs tune up to D (A-D-F#-B) or down to Bb, (F-Bb-D-G) but still keep the same intervals. The sheet music generally will have a "tune uke" notation. (A baritone ukulele is tuned like the top 4 strings on the guitar.) I'm just learning (moving over from guitar) on some of the standards, and am going to try learning Hawaiian music too. Fun stuff!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: ukulele tuning
From: GUEST,Banjo Johnny
Date: 08 Jul 00 - 02:52 AM

They actually TUNE those things?


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