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    Default Advice, please!

    I need advice from a knowledgeable person (which you all are, apart from me!) I have been strangely (and naughtily) attracted to a baritone uke - made by my favourite "man in shed" luthier - which is tuned CFAD. As it is luthier-made, I assume that it has been specially produced for that tuning. What I want to know is whether I can play it using the normal baritone DGBE chord shapes, or whether I need to learn a whole lot of new chord shapes (in which case, it is a definite "no, no".) I am only intending to play this on my own ... not with others; so don't need to fit in with a normal DGBE "sound". SORRY ... I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to things musical!
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    Your regular baritone shapes will be just fine. Everything will sound a tone lower, that's all.

    If you're playing chord shapes for the key of G you will actually be playing the key of F. Similarly if you are playing Key of D chord shapes you will actually be playing key of C and so on. If you want to be in regular baritone pitch at any time, simply put a capo on the second fret.
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    Thank you, kind Sir ... that is what I needed to know! (Now all I've got to do is find the money!)
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    ......& you need another uke.
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    I also don’t see why you couldn’t raise each string to “normal” Baritone tuning. You could even buy special strings and tune it like many Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors (GCEA).
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    Done all that on other ukes, Mr. "Choirguy" - sorry, I don't know your name! This uke is a special shape ... to enhance the CFAD tuning, I assume. (It looks more like a bouzouki, for which, I think, the normal tuning IS CFAD - but with the bouzouki you would have 8 strings.) And, yes, Keith, for multiple reasons too complicated to explain, I am feeling depressed at the moment ... so I NEED another uke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I also don’t see why you couldn’t raise each string to “normal” Baritone tuning. You could even buy special strings and tune it like many Sopranos, Concerts, and Tenors (GCEA).
    Everyone makes there own choices for their own reasons but tuning down can be useful to make it easier for singing.
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    Yes, thanks Geoff! To be honest, as I said previously, this uke has been custom-made and is more of a bouzouki shape than a traditional uke and, so far as I can understand CFAD is the normal tuning for a bouzouki ... so I am assuming that the uke has been purpose-made with this tuning in mind. And, yes, to be honest again ... I just need a bit of distraction and fancy trying something different, finances permitting! (This chap really IS a shed-builder and his prices aren't excessive, but, having owned another of his instruments, I know the quality is good.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    Everyone makes there own choices for their own reasons but tuning down can be useful to make it easier for singing.
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    I have many guitar friends tell be the same thing. I don't understand. If you are singing "C" how does being tuned up or down help.
    I believe a "C" is a "C" no matter the tuning.
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    You're losing me here!
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