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smithpaul60
07-06-2009, 05:38 PM
I tried dropping the tuning on my uke and I seem to be able to sing along better. (I still can't sing but it sounds better to me) Is this common aor has anyone else felt this way?

Ukuleleblues
07-06-2009, 05:49 PM
Some folks tune up 1 step and some down 1 step. George Formby used to have a couple ukes tuned diferernt ways so he could play in different keys. If the key of the song changed he would just grab a uke that was tuned up or down.

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Ukulele JJ
07-06-2009, 05:51 PM
Yeah, I've done that before. Not a thing wrong with it! :D

JJ

Link
07-06-2009, 06:09 PM
I like it alot, and use it on a few covers.

grappler
07-06-2009, 06:19 PM
Like wise. I only play some songs half step low.

mangouker
07-06-2009, 06:23 PM
cant you just move it down a step or change the key by using a capo?

blackfist
07-06-2009, 06:33 PM
I recently recorded Friday I'm in Love by the Cure for the Go 90's contest on the boards. To make it sound right I had to tune my ukulele up 1/4 step.

It turns out that Robert Smith accidentally left some effect on when they recorded the song in the studio that resulted in it being recorded between the key of D and D sharp. So a Capo would not do the trick and playing different chords wouldn't either. The only solution was to retune my uke up 1/4 step.

You know what, I'm really happy with the way the song turned out and that's all that matters. It's not like you're going to play some great song and then someone is going to inspect your ukulele to ensure that it is tuned in accordance with international standards.

mealfrog41
07-06-2009, 06:42 PM
cant you just move it down a step or change the key by using a capo?

a capo will move the key up only

DaveVisi
07-06-2009, 06:56 PM
I sort of think he meant something else. For example, if you want to down a half step from D to C#, you could capo up one fret and play a whole note lower.

ukulele2544
07-06-2009, 09:01 PM
When I tune the ukulele in low tuning I tune it a whole step down (F, Bb, D, G).

jkevinwolfe
07-06-2009, 10:29 PM
Hendrix did it. Victoria Vox does it. I really like the sound of it.

My biggest issue is that my Cherub tuner is not designed for it. And then I have to revise other instrument parts like bass to work or have other players tune down as well. If you're playing solo, it's a lot more workable.

Link
07-06-2009, 11:35 PM
Hendrix did it. Victoria Vox does it. I really like the sound of it.

My biggest issue is that my Cherub tuner is not designed for it. And then I have to revise other instrument parts like bass to work or have other players tune down as well. If you're playing solo, it's a lot more workable.
Good point.

casetone2514
07-06-2009, 11:46 PM
cant you just move it down a step or change the key by using a capo?

This will change the key OK and you can capo up and play the chord shapes for a lower key, etc, but sometimes you want to geep a certain chord shape but change the key so tuning up or dow a half or full step is the better option. This is particularly evident when finger picking. Picking an open C shape sounds very different to picking a B shape so tuning down would be a better option that a straight transposition or capo 2 and using an A shape,for example.

Having said that - if you are only using one uke it canb be a pain re-tuning between songs, so a capo would be a better option in that case.

deach
07-07-2009, 02:00 AM
All of my ukes are tuned a step down.

jkevinwolfe
07-07-2009, 11:25 AM
Okay, sorry I misspoke. Hendrix, Vox and Deach. The triumvirate is complete.

experimentjon
07-07-2009, 06:40 PM
Strings feel too flaccid to me when I do a full step down, but half step is fine. I do it often. And since I don't have a killer singing range, it does help to bring it down a bit.

deach
07-08-2009, 07:15 AM
Strings feel too flaccid to me when I do a full step down, but half step is fine. I do it often. And since I don't have a killer singing range, it does help to bring it down a bit.

Depends on the stringz.

GrumpyCoyote
07-08-2009, 07:59 AM
I keep one of my guitars down-tuned a whole step. I often play with my uke 1/2 or 1 whole step down. Depends on the song and my mood.

I've heard Aldrine do it - Ken Middleton, quite a few others.

I also tune to open chords from time to time - although I havent recorded that yet.

Like Deach said, floppy strings are sometimes a problem:p. Other than that - give all sorts of alternate tunings a try.