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Hark
08-02-2009, 05:08 AM
Hey guys! This is my first thread on here and i was looking for some help. I was told by the guy at the music store that a baritone was great for beginners (not realizing he meant for previous guitar players) and ended up buying it. After the advice given here:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4789

I decided that I would at least try to learn something with the baritone before I save up my money to get a "regular" uke. I was wondering if you could give any advice on where to learn more. I have little music experience, and none with stringed instruments. But I do have an electric tuner! That counts, right?

PoisonDart
08-02-2009, 06:02 AM
electric tuner is a great first step for sure!

I started on a baritone even though I don't play guitar, so don't sweat that.

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html (http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html) has some chord sheets for baritone tuning if you look for the links that say "bar."

Although you can always play regular chord sheets too, you'll just be in a different key than the one listed. (C on the sheet will be G on the page, moving you a clockwise notch around the circle of fifths for all chords).

No reason to not have fun with your bari :)

cjensen91910
08-02-2009, 03:28 PM
As far as I know, not much, there is no "regular ukulele" !! You find what you like and go with it. A whole lot of slack key players will NOT let you see what they are tuning because it's a "family" secret. Find what you like and get very good at it, that's the deal. If you are not into competing with other players find what you like and enjoy!! The biggest part of a uke is to enjoy what you are playing and keep learning.

Hark
08-03-2009, 05:15 AM
electric tuner is a great first step for sure!

I started on a baritone even though I don't play guitar, so don't sweat that.

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html (http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html) has some chord sheets for baritone tuning if you look for the links that say "bar."

Although you can always play regular chord sheets too, you'll just be in a different key than the one listed. (C on the sheet will be G on the page, moving you a clockwise notch around the circle of fifths for all chords).

No reason to not have fun with your bari :)

Thanks! I'm not sure I understand the clockwise notch part, is there some picture that shows the chords in a circle? I'm very new to music that has keys (I played percussion in my college's band for a while but never learned much), so I could just be misreading.

As for the song chords do I just strum a beat in that chord until I get to the next chord on the line?

kissing
08-04-2009, 05:07 AM
You can buy GCEA strings for the Baritone Uke, which will make it the same tuning as Sopranos, Concerts and Tenors.
Have a look around... several brands offer them, including Aquila.

I'm actually intending to get a Baritone Uke next, but tune it to GCEA :)

RevWill
08-04-2009, 05:17 AM
Baritones are wonderful instruments. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGpfzcHmvUk)

DaveVisi
08-04-2009, 05:27 AM
I found this pic somewhere online but I forgot where. Sorry it's so big, but at that size it prints beautifully.

http://files.meetup.com/1463915/Ukulele%20Circle%20of%20Fifths.jpg

DaveVisi
08-04-2009, 06:41 AM
Oops, I just noticed this was a Baritone request. Move each letter counterclockwise one step and you'll have your Baritone chord chart.

PoisonDart
08-04-2009, 06:54 AM
Great link RevWill!!!

Hark, if you're unfamiliar with the circle of fifths it wouldn't be a bad move to find Howlin' Hobbit's intro to music theory document.

In my (unasked for) opinion, there is little point to putting GCEA strings on a baritone. It's not that hard to learn to play the other tuning, and you lose a lot of the baritone's charm if you're turning it into a slightly bigger tenor.

kissing
08-04-2009, 08:47 PM
my inspiration to tune a Baritone to re-entrant GCEA came from this vid :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThIUwIVl5g