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UkuleleBlake
06-29-2008, 05:28 PM
If you had one choice. You could only have one type of ukulele, but as many of each as you wanted, what would it be, and why?

deach
06-29-2008, 05:34 PM
Soprano - why, because.

SinisterDom
06-29-2008, 05:51 PM
Soprano-portability, sound, looks, and the fact that it was the first :D

DigableKid
06-29-2008, 06:11 PM
Soprano... Cause it has the sweetest sound and is traditional. But I've noticed that most of the "pros" play the tenor so I'm gonna explore that avenue a little bit.

Ian Boys
06-29-2008, 06:18 PM
Dang... that's a toughie... I like all the sizes for different reasons...

However, I'd probably have to go for the concert, as it has a larger range than a soprano, and still retains some of the traditional feel of a soprano, while a tenor does not.

Dominator
06-29-2008, 06:22 PM
Though I like em all it would have to be tenor because the kind of music I typically play requires more frets than a soprano can provide.

ChamorroDT
06-29-2008, 06:40 PM
Honestly...as long as it has a pick-up :D I play with my ukes all of the time, and the only uke of mine that has a pick-up...is broken soo...yeah. And people ask me to perform and I think "If only I had an Uke with a pick-up"...:music:

BUT...If I had to choose, a Soprano

FHS-72
06-29-2008, 08:42 PM
tenor. i feel more comfortable with it.:rock:

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-29-2008, 08:43 PM
tenor - why? because tenor

Boozelele
06-29-2008, 09:37 PM
Tenor. I'm afraid if I was playing a soprano someone would say "ooooh look, a little baby tenor ukulele". How embarrassing would that be?

Kekani
06-29-2008, 10:27 PM
Tenor.

From a building standpoint, this is the demand. Standards can be had most anywhere, but Tenors, that's another story.

From a playing standpoint - tuned low g, add another octave range, more frets (as Dominator stated), multiple strings, alternate tunings, works well with Pickups, works well within a group as a lead or backup.

-Aaron

Ken Middleton
06-30-2008, 12:59 AM
A concert, because it is mid-way between a soprano and a tenor. I get the best of both worlds - all the good reasons why people have said "soprano" or "tenor" apply nearly as well to the concert. It is portable, traditional and sweet-sounding, but has a rich tone, tighter strings and is easier to fret.

I like my Kanile'a concert.

KEN

ichadwick
06-30-2008, 01:02 AM
Tenor. Easier to finger, more space between frets, easier to reach the higher notes and more of them. Bigger body means more sound and richer tones, too.

I like the way tenors fit when I play, more than other sizes. When I play soprano, I feel big and clumsy, like an adult trying to ride one of thos pocket motorcycles: sure I can do it, but I don't feel comfortable. When I play concert, I fell like I do when I've borrowed my wife's bicycle to ride to the store: it's ride-able but just a little off. A tenor feels more my size, like a full-sized motorcycle.

But also since most non-uke players seem to have only every seen soprano-size, they make "oooh!" sounds when presented with a well-made tenor and treat it with respect - like a real musical instrument not just a toy.

hawaiianmusiclover06
06-30-2008, 01:20 AM
I feel the most comfortable when I play the concert 'ukulele. I got my first concert 'ukulele today. Even though its mass produced, I got a Lyon Washburn Koa Veneer Concert 'ukulele.

dnewton2
06-30-2008, 01:33 AM
Wow this is a tough one. If you asked me a week ago I would have said Concert, no question. But over the weekend I was really feeling my Tenor, more so than ever before. But if I had to chose just one I would have to stick with a concert. why? Well just about every reason given for a Tenor or Soprano will work, except the original traditional size. Range, portability, just feels right in my hands.

Disclaimer. I have never acctually played a soprano. So I might really chose that one day.

Lanark
06-30-2008, 01:53 AM
A concert, because it is mid-way between a soprano and a tenor. I get the best of both worlds - all the good reasons why people have said "soprano" or "tenor" apply nearly as well to the concert. It is portable, traditional and sweet-sounding, but has a rich tone, tighter strings and is easier to fret.

I like my Kanile'a concert.

KEN

What he sums up very nicely including the Kanile'a bit. (though mine was made for Lanikai)

UkuleleBlake
06-30-2008, 11:01 AM
Though I started the thread, I think I should have a say.
And, I'd go with Soprano.
It was my first ukulele, and it's what started it all. Again, it goes back to tradition, but, I love the sound as well.

Ukulele Dude
06-30-2008, 11:17 AM
I would have to say TENOR, for basically the same reasons as Ian.

LoMa
06-30-2008, 11:21 AM
For me, it would be a concert...

I love Larrivee ukuleles, and they only made 'em in soprano and concert size. The soprano only has 12 frets, so it really has to the concert size then. Otherwise I might have a chosen a long neck soprano.

And man oh man, all the concerts I wanted... WOW!!!!

Let's see, there's the Larrivee, mebbe a Stradelele from Joel Eckhaus, and ... and ...

h-drix
06-30-2008, 11:30 AM
the bari gets not love, lol.

i would have to go with a soprano, as with alto of other peope its the one i started on. Ive never really played any other sizes, but when i did i wasnt a fan of the tenor (to big) and the concert was ok.

salukulady
06-30-2008, 11:33 AM
I like both ends of the rainbow. Soprano first. Portability and traditional. My second choice would be my baritone. (I have it strung lowgcea.) I love it's deep rich sound. It's wonderful for singing ballads, great for Jimmy Buffett songs, and it's NOT a little guitar.

tad
06-30-2008, 12:24 PM
I like both ends of the rainbow. Soprano first. Portability and traditional. My second choice would be my baritone. (I have it strung lowgcea.) I love it's deep rich sound. It's wonderful for singing ballads, great for Jimmy Buffett songs, and it's NOT a little guitar.

I didn't even know you could tune a baritone gcea-- I've been resisting getting one 'cause I didn't want to confuse myself with the different fingerings...



Personally, I guess I'd say soprano, but you know what?
There's never any reason I can think of where you really can only have one...

salukulady
06-30-2008, 02:08 PM
I didn't even know you could tune a baritone gcea-- I've been resisting getting one 'cause I didn't want to confuse myself with the different fingerings...



Personally, I guess I'd say soprano, but you know what?
There's never any reason I can think of where you really can only have one...That's good 'cuz I just bought my seventh uke......ukuleleworld.com sells a baritone gcea set and I stole a low G from a traditional baritone set....yeah, transposing is not my strong suit. I'm a flute player and trying to learn piano over the years was not successful for my left hand....bass clef just doesn't work in my brain any better than transposing.

Howlin Hobbit
06-30-2008, 02:52 PM
Soprano - why, because.

What deach said.

And for the challenge.

Plainsong
06-30-2008, 03:24 PM
That's good 'cuz I just bought my seventh uke......ukuleleworld.com sells a baritone gcea set and I stole a low G from a traditional baritone set....yeah, transposing is not my strong suit. I'm a flute player and trying to learn piano over the years was not successful for my left hand....bass clef just doesn't work in my brain any better than transposing.

You're not the only one! I may be from the key of B-flat land, but my left hand also lapses into treble when trying to play piano. Too many years with just one clef. I'll be slowly plodding along and then suddenly "This just doesn't sound right.." and then "Ohh, that's a C and I'm playing an A." ;)

As for ukes, concert is my favorite size. I can barely manage bar chords on the average tenor. Soprano is a tad cramped but I'm lovin' my new Koaloha. It just sounds so... uke-ish.

14twelve
06-30-2008, 03:53 PM
I'd say concert for me, but only because the fret spacing feels the best for my fingers. I love the sound of the soprano, and the tenor as well, and play pretty much every song I learn on each of them to see which one suits it best. I find it takes me longer to lose interest in a song too if I can alternate between a few different ukuleles to play it.

h-drix
06-30-2008, 04:11 PM
I'd say concert for me, but only because the fret spacing feels the best for my fingers. I love the sound of the soprano, and the tenor as well, and play pretty much every song I learn on each of them to see which one suits it best. I find it takes me longer to lose interest in a song too if I can alternate between a few different ukuleles to play it.

isnt it weird for you to switch? i played a tenor in a store then when i went back to my uke i was like "this is way to small..." thats what she said how are you able to do that?

Plainsong
06-30-2008, 04:19 PM
At least with the ukes I have, there's minimal bumbling around when I switch from concert to soprano.

14twelve
06-30-2008, 04:19 PM
isnt it weird for you to switch? i played a tenor in a store then when i went back to my uke i was like "this is way to small..." thats what she said how are you able to do that?

If I jump from my soprano to the tenor, or other way around, I hit a lot of wrong notes to start with, but it only takes few seconds to get used to the difference. I play them all a lot so I'm used to each of them individually, so it's just the short adjustment time when I switch between them.

I do know what you mean though. I did try to learn a bit of guitar once, and have a guitar sitting in my spare room. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out after not having even looked at it for months, and it looked huge and felt really weird. I think I spent about a minute with it and came running back to the ukulele :)

Rubbertoe
06-30-2008, 04:19 PM
Hmmm... if you had asked me this 2 weeks ago I would have said a Tenor, no questions asked. But I just bought a baritone and I've found that I can tune it gCEA(or GCEA) and it sounds like a louder tenor. But I can keep it tuned DGBE and it has a very deep rich tone that goes well with in a duet with a traditionally tuned uke. AND if I play the chord patterns for a uke tuned GCEA while it is tuned DGBE, I find that it fits my vocal range better for some songs (I asked about this during the last open mic and from what I remember, I'm now singing/playing in the key of G - but correct me if I'm wrong b/c I have absolute no knowledge of musical theory other than what I've learned on UU). So, I'd have 3 baritones (minumum) - gCEA, GCEA and DGBE.

SamIAm
06-30-2008, 04:19 PM
Tenor! cuz its big enough to making it easier. and it reminds me of el kabong(if u ever seen the old cartoon by Hannah Barbara). wat i dnt like about it is tht sence its a bigger instrument it costs more!!!

salukulady
06-30-2008, 05:41 PM
isnt it weird for you to switch? i played a tenor in a store then when i went back to my uke i was like "this is way to small..." thats what she said how are you able to do that?I have all four sizes and I force myself to change sizes each day. At first it was a little weird but now my brain seems to adjust. I've only been playing since January, so I'm glad I acquired all of them rather quickly so I didn't get set in my ways. But don't put a guitar in my hand. Tried for years....it just wasn't happening for me.