Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: 8 string taropatch tuning

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    South Carolina

    Default 8 string taropatch tuning

    Hi, am looking into 8 string taropatch style ukes. I like the sound. I was wondering if one can play around with the tunings...

    Specifically, unison vs octaves. For instance, can I make them ALL octaves? or choose which ones I want for octaves/unison? Or all unison?

    Can I mix and match string sets to create different sounds with different string makers?

    How is the picking with the 8 string? Any thoughts or experiences are thanked in advance.
    It's not what you've got. It's how you play it

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2012


    If it's your uke, you can do whatever you want! Contact Ken Middleton at, he can probably make you up a set however you want it.
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Fender Piha'eu - Worth Browns | Lanikai banjolele - Fremont Blacklines
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water
    UBass: Kala Rumbler - Pahoehoe

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Kirkland, WA


    What's the scale length?

    If it's a "classic taropatch" concert-sized (~15"), I'd say stick with unisons (maybe octaves on the C with a high-C): G4/G4 C4/C5 E4/E4 A4/A4

    If it's tenor-sized (~17"), you might try octaves on both the g and c, unisons on the e and a: G3/G4 C4/C5 E4/E4 A4/A4
    Playlists: Me and My Baritone DGBd Ukulele | Chordious 2 Tutorials
    Primary Ukes: Black Bear #146 Baritone DGBd | KoAloha KCM-00 Concert gcea | Kamaka Pineapple HP-1 Soprano
    Other: Lanikai LU-11 Soprano | Makala "Bumblebee" Dolphin | Kamaka White-Label HF-1 | Kala KA-BE Baritone | Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Guitar
    For Sale: Kamaka Tenor HF-38 Liliu VIII | KoAloha Tenor KTM-06 Imaikalani

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    I thought taropatch was all octaves? G3G4 C4C5 E4E4 A5A5 is how my eight string Baton Rouge is tuned.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Oop North in England


    My 8 string Baton Rouge came with octaves on the G & C and unison on the E & A. I restrung it with just octaves on the G and unison on the other three strings. gGCCEEAA is close to Renaissance Guitar tuning which was, typically gGCCEEA. I wanted that tuning because I am using the 8 string for accompanying broadside ballads (mainly from 17th/18th cent.) The tuning has an added advantage that you don't need a special string set. Just get standard high and low G string sets and fit them.

    I also have a 6 string which is tuned g cC E aA which has a different effect.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    You Tube Channel:

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts