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Irish Uke Tom
09-02-2015, 10:12 AM
Ok so, if you had to take the ukulele notes and find them on a piano it would be C4 through to A5 (this A5 being the 12th fret A note on the A string)?

Is this correct?

Still wrecking my head with silly questions but when something bugs me it bugs me good!!

Thanks for your time,

Irish Uke Tom

PS. I actually do practice a lot just trying to understand the questions that are popping into my head.

the.ronin
09-02-2015, 10:44 AM
Open C on the uke is your middle C on the piano - so basically that open C + 2 octaves assuming youre tuning is reentrant ... that's about all I know man lol. :D

Irish Uke Tom
09-02-2015, 10:54 AM
Thanks Ronin!

kypfer
09-02-2015, 12:39 PM
Irish Uke Tom asked :
If the ukulele were a piano - ... ?

I couldn't store it on top of my bookcase ;)

... sorry, just couldn't resist :rolleyes:

Nickie
09-02-2015, 04:09 PM
It would have way too many strings.


I tune my uke to my piano. Middle C first, then up to E, then G, then up to A. It's easy.

CeeJay
09-02-2015, 05:35 PM
It would have way too many strings.


I tune my uke to my piano. Middle C first, then up to E, then G, then up to A. It's easy.


No you fool ....its gcea.........easy is Vulcan tuning ....get over it .....

k0k0peli
09-02-2015, 05:59 PM
>>If the ukulele were a piano

* I would need much larger gig bags.
* Keeping everything in tune would be a real chore.
* I couldn't have a dozen leaning against the bookcases.
* My guitars and mandos would be bigger, too.
* Justifying new ones would be difficult.

On the other hand, if an 'uke were a piano:

* I *could* justify owning a score of pianos.
* Piano bars would have a whole 'nother feel.
* Elton John's career would be quite different.
* Van Cliburn competitions would be on Kaua'i.
* Retro hipsters would play honky-tonk 'ukes.

Next: If the 'ukulele were a sousaphone.

Booli
09-02-2015, 06:41 PM
Ok so, if you had to take the ukulele notes and find them on a piano it would be C4 through to A5 (this A5 being the 12th fret A note on the A string)?

Is this correct?

It is correct if your ukulele only has 12 frets, but many ukes have even more frets.

My concert ukes have 15 frets, and my tenors 18 frets, and my baritones 19 or 20 frets. Some sopranos even have 18 frets. All depends upon the maker.

So the basic premise is the same, but the upper end of the note range would be higher than A5 until you run out of frets on the 1st or 'A' string.

VegasGeorge
09-03-2015, 02:56 AM
"If the Ukulele were a piano ...." Then there would have been a famous performer on the instrument who was like a combination of Tiny Tim and Liberace. But, I don't want to go there! :eek:

Pukulele Pete
09-03-2015, 03:11 AM
If the Ukulele were a piano.........would the Lefties play it upside down ?

Irish Uke Tom
09-03-2015, 04:53 AM
If the ukulele were a piano, I'd probably be even more lost.

Thanks for the clarifying it for me Booli and the rest of you give me a laugh.
Cheers

Booli
09-03-2015, 06:41 AM
If the ukulele were a piano, I'd probably be even more lost.

Thanks for the clarifying it for me Booli and the rest of you give me a laugh.
Cheers

Any Time!

Ask away! That's what we are here for :music:

Many, if not all of us have been down this path when we first started, so no worries!

VegasGeorge
09-03-2015, 04:09 PM
Don't be ridiculous, there isn't room for a candelabra on a Ukulele!

Louis0815
09-03-2015, 10:12 PM
Ok so, if you had to take the ukulele notes and find them on a piano it would be C4 through to A5 (this A5 being the 12th fret A note on the A string)? See the attached pic for the individual strings on the various uke sizes on a piano keyboard:
blue = UBass (EADG)
orange = baritone (DGBE)
green = GCEA (low and high g)
yellow = ADF#B (linear and re-entrant)
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(source (https://just.4str.in/ukulele-tuning-pitches/))