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    Thank you, Ubulele (what IS your name, please???) It's very kind of you to analyse my vids. - although I'm not sure I want to be a MALE TENOR!!! (I shall prefer to think of myself of as a "low contralto"!) That being the case, do you think that a bouzouki/uki tuned CFAD would suit my range? Very many thanks for going to such trouble on my behalf!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Thanks so much, Linda, Randy, Ubulele and Lynda for all the words of wisdom and good advice ... which I need to re-read (several times) and inwardly digest! And actually, Linda, I DO play the "proper" chords for a bari when I'm playing a bari ... so when I play G, I am playing a G and not a D. I do, then, feel comfortable singing in the key of G ... what does this say about my "voice" (and I use the term advisedly)?
    i'm more comfortable singing low, once in a blue moon i find gflat tuning a bit low for a song, and it's more comfortable to tune back to g or grab a different uke, but mostly, the lower the better for me!


    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    I'm not sure I want to be a MALE TENOR!!!
    well it's better than only being a fiver


    you could always try tuning the instrument up half a step - to c#f#a#d#.... that would be like a bari tuned down half a step? a bazouki is steel strings, right? i think it should take a small tune up, although you may find you don't need it.

    i had my blues box cbg tuned to open e, beb, i loved the sound, nice and low, but for singing along with it i changed it to open b, bf#b, the last time i played it... it's steel strings and there is fair bit of play up and down before the strings become too low and floppy or too high and pingy-gonna-snap, so you could play with tuning a little bit i reckon

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    oops soz, just re-read earlier posts and it's gonna be nylon strings........... still plenty of play, maybe even more so

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    Very many thanks for that, Lynda ... and the joke! This "instrument" is actually really a uke made in the form of a bouzouki, in that it has a round body and is made to be tuned CFAD. The strings are, apparently nylon bar one wound string. Hope to find out more tomorrow when I speak to the chap in the shop. Apart from anything else, need to know what strings the maker used. Will keep you - and everyone else! - informed.
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    Here you go Val. You tell us

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    Thanks for that, Linda! (I have a feeling that this is going to involve making a noise ... and since I am currently sitting in bed next to my husband (who is fast asleep), I think I shall have to postpone this intriguing exercise till the morning.) Does anyone want to place bets on the outcome???
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Thank you, Ubulele (what IS your name, please???) It's very kind of you to analyse my vids. - although I'm not sure I want to be a MALE TENOR!!! (I shall prefer to think of myself of as a "low contralto"!) That being the case, do you think that a bouzouki/uki tuned CFAD would suit my range? Very many thanks for going to such trouble on my behalf!
    I think ubulele made a bit of a mistake referring to a Male Tenor. It would have been better if he'd just said 'Tenor'. While Tenor is predominantly a male voice it's not unknown for women to sing in the tenor range, particularly as they get older and as such will be tenors. One of our choirmaster's daughters (who is most definitely not an older woman, btw) can sing tenor and has been known to reinforce the tenor section of the choir at a concert as the number of tenors is small although lately we've lost a few basses so the numbers are a bit more in balance. Even so only a quarter of the choir's members are males.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lelouden View Post
    Here you go Val. You tell us

    Welp, I got low C3 and high G5, what am I?? lol I've never had a key I've considered "mine". I just use whatever works, try for the record key first, and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Thanks for that, Linda! (I have a feeling that this is going to involve making a noise ... and since I am currently sitting in bed next to my husband (who is fast asleep), I think I shall have to postpone this intriguing exercise till the morning.) Does anyone want to place bets on the outcome???
    Sure I will take a stab at it......because I don't mind being wrong.....as I often am!

    You do sing most of your songs as an alto.......Hmmmm........but to me you sound like your singing in falsetto......so Im going to guess that you can go much higher than you've shown us and I'll put a dollar on.........Mezzo Soprano.

    and I say that in my male bass voice
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    Most people ask me to sing Tenor. Tenor Twenty miles away, actually!
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