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Ukulele Jim
10-28-2009, 03:18 PM
What are the other two strings for? Would I have to learn how to play it differently than a 4-string?

And for that matter, what about an 8-string?

cornfedgroove
10-28-2009, 03:42 PM
just to give it a different sound...subtle nuance. an 8 string uke is like a 12 string guitar...simply awesome

ukuleG
10-28-2009, 03:43 PM
my dream uke would be a martin taropatch (they have 8 strings). i'm kinda annoyed i don't own a 6 or 8 string or even a charango.

ChamorroDT
10-28-2009, 04:06 PM
I used to have an 8-string Uke - the G and C strings were each tuned an octave apart, i.e., G4 and G3 (I believe) and same for my C strings.

I used it primarily for strumming, as plucking with an 8-string Uke is somewhat hard. It sounded very nice actually and I wish I still had it - my brother who resides in south San Francisco has it so yeah...:(

But...the point of it is to produce a different sound basically - like what's the point of a low/high G? Ya know? Yeah.

Kanaka916
10-28-2009, 04:28 PM
What are the other two strings for? Would I have to learn how to play it differently than a 4-string?

And for that matter, what about an 8-string?
6 and 8 string 'ukuleles are used mostly for strumming to provide a fuller, rounder and deeper sound. The 8 string has four courses that are doubled. The 1st and 2nd are in unison (AA & EE) while the 3rd and 4th are octaved (Cc & Gg). In the case of a 6 string, the 1st and 3rd courses are octaved (Aa and Cc). Both are played the same way you would a 4 stringer. You can also finger pick on both of them, but more preferably on the 8.

wfwhitson
10-28-2009, 08:32 PM
Here is a good vid of an 8 string, so you can judge. I love my Mele 8 string.

http://www.koaukulele.com/uke-video9.php

khrome
10-28-2009, 10:37 PM
HI JIM! :)

I believe the extra strings are for more depth of sound - they are an octave apart for each doubled string. I believe you can do tremolo, like how they typically play a mandolin. I don't know if it's traditionally used for tremolo, but if I had one that's how I'd play it. :)