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ainokeato
10-26-2009, 02:04 PM
Lol I dunno why but everything I play for some reason it just sounds fuller a full step or even a half step down I don't know if it's because it sounds deeper or lower or something. Anyone else prefer full or half step down versus regular gcea and up?

deach
10-26-2009, 02:12 PM
All my tenorz are tuned a step down.

mrUKETOBER
10-26-2009, 02:12 PM
never tried it but i will tonight :D i play guitar a half step down

ChamorroDT
10-26-2009, 02:12 PM
Yeah, I do sometimes.

I'll usually tune my Uke down a full/half step when I feel that playing a certain chord with the GCEA tuning would feel too weird.

ex: With GCEA, a Fmaj7 would be 2413, but if I tuned my Uke to FA#DG then playing a Fmaj7 could be played as 0222 (which would've been a Gmaj7 if with standard tuning).

But generally when I play, it'll be standard.

RAZZLE
10-26-2009, 02:21 PM
that sounds like a great idea.May i ask,what is the tuning for half and full step down? I will try that tonight also on my tenor.

deach
10-26-2009, 02:23 PM
that sounds like a great idea.May i ask,what is the tuning for half and full step down? I will try that tonight also on my tenor.

Full - F A# D G
1/2 - F# B D# G# or Gb B Eb Ab depending on how you look at it.

RAZZLE
10-26-2009, 02:25 PM
Thanks Deach,are the chord shapes the same a re-entrant?

deach
10-26-2009, 02:29 PM
Thanks Deach,are the chord shapes the same a re-entrant?

re-entrant a low-g chords are the same

when you tune down a step, your chord shapes will change. if you play a g-chord 0232, that chord is now an f-chord.

Citrus
10-26-2009, 02:38 PM
I kinda prefer tuning higher if I do change my tuning, I think it sounds ukier.

clayton56
10-26-2009, 08:28 PM
I did that for a while with my concert, because the scale length is such that it's the same string tension as my sopranos if I tune it down.

It was pretty good for jazz, and for playing in flat keys like Eb and Bb. I may go back to it one of these days. It would be good to have key alternatives if you play in a band or with a singer.

ukantor
10-26-2009, 10:19 PM
For me, sopranos sound best in gCEA or aDF#B. I've never understood why anyone would want to tune a tenor gCEA. They sound so much better tuned lower.

Ukantor.

Brewerpaul
10-27-2009, 12:25 AM
For me, sopranos sound best in gCEA or aDF#B. I've never understood why anyone would want to tune a tenor gCEA. They sound so much better tuned lower.

Ukantor.

Sticking with a standard tuning is a big plus if you're playing with others.

On a related idea, the composer and violinist Paginini used to tune his violin up a half step or maybe a full step. It made for a brighter sound and made him stand out from the orchestra.

ainokeato
10-27-2009, 12:35 AM
For me, sopranos sound best in gCEA or aDF#B. I've never understood why anyone would want to tune a tenor gCEA. They sound so much better tuned lower.

Ukantor.

I agree, well in my opinion anyways :) I don't know why either. I mean I don't go any higher than GCEA maybe it's my need to show everyone the uke isn't just another child's throw away toy. Lol in related news my new Mainland Mahogany Tenor should be arriving in the next couple days so i'm excited.

boundless
10-27-2009, 01:19 AM
I tune down just so I can hit high notes in certain songs. Wouldn't be fun for me to try to transpose in real-time to actually play with other people, so if I'm with others, I just have to suck it up and hit the high notes.

Also on some ukes, if I lower the tuning, I have to fret more gently or the notes go sharp.

ainokeato
10-27-2009, 01:22 AM
I tune down just so I can hit high notes in certain songs. Wouldn't be fun for me to try to transpose in real-time to actually play with other people, so if I'm with others, I just have to suck it up and hit the high notes.

Yep yep I understand, not many people out here in vegas that I know that I can jam with so until I can get a group to hang out with and jam with I wouldn't know much about how it would sound with others much.

deach
10-27-2009, 03:36 AM
..... Wouldn't be fun for me to try to transpose in real-time to actually play with other people, so if I'm with others, I just have to suck it up and hit the high notes....

capos come in handy for that situation.

boundless
10-27-2009, 03:40 AM
capos come in handy for that situation.

I actually tried to get a capo for my original soprano - got a banjo capo, but it just didn't work size-wise.

If you've got a source for uke capos, I'm all ears!

deach
10-27-2009, 03:43 AM
I actually tried to get a capo for my original soprano - got a banjo capo, but it just didn't work size-wise.

If you've got a source for uke capos, I'm all ears!

I've used a Kyser banjo capo on a soprano without any problems.

boundless
10-27-2009, 03:46 AM
I've used a Kyser banjo capo on a soprano without any problems.

Yeah, that's what I went looking for but Guitar Center only had the Shubb.

Thanks for the confirmation that the Kyser will work!

JT_Ukes
10-27-2009, 03:56 AM
Cool Idea for a tenor! Tune it down a 1/2 or full step, then capo it if/when playing with others...

Brilliant!

JT

ukantor
10-27-2009, 06:57 AM
Need a capo? A short pencil and a rubber band will do the job.

Ukantor.

JT_Ukes
10-27-2009, 06:59 AM
Need a capo? A short pencil and a rubber band will do the job.

Ukantor.

Or even a long pencil, just don't rock out too hard and get stabby...

boundless
11-03-2009, 05:48 AM
Cool Idea for a tenor! Tune it down a 1/2 or full step, then capo it if/when playing with others...

Brilliant!

JT

I've been doing this. Works great. :)