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pdxuke
03-27-2011, 03:17 PM
http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/sets/uke-sound-tests-1/

Added: Kamaka Pineapple--D Tuning
Ohana TK 35G --Low G "Linear" Tuning

I've never had a low g instrument---LOVE!:music:

SweetWaterBlue
03-27-2011, 04:28 PM
http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/sets/uke-sound-tests-1/

Added: Kamaka Pineapple--D Tuning
Ohana TK 35G --Low G "Linear" Tuning

I've never had a low g instrument---LOVE!:music:

Wait till you try a Low G on a soprano.

Yes, I know and understand all the arguments about how the body is too small to handle a Low G, or how it overpowers the instrument. Some of that is simply a matter of adjusting how you play, and some is just a thing you have to put up (or even embrace, as Ohta San did) for the joy of having 4 more notes and a bass line on chords if you want it.

I have a tenor. I have a classic (neck on my Flea). I have a baritone.... but there is just nothing quite like being able to finger pick a full range of notes on the soprano. Its just more fun to me than playing my tenor. It makes it a different instrument. Sometimes I even like the fact that the Low G on a soprano is brash and overpowering - there are some songs where its just the right mood. Those of us that have more than one of any size uke have the luxury of having the best of both worlds. Its not something I can really describe - I can only feel it when I play.

janeray1940
03-27-2011, 05:02 PM
I like both! I prefer the sound of your low G uke to mine - is the Aquila low G a wound string?

pdxuke
03-27-2011, 05:54 PM
I like both! I prefer the sound of your low G uke to mine - is the Aquila low G a wound string?

Hi Jane:

Yes. I may try Dirks unwound set, but I'd need to tune to D.

Altho, I just bought this( just got it in last day of my buying season HAHA!):

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2011/03/c1955-harmony-baritone-ukulele.html

..so I can use the linear treble set with all unwound strings in C.

Sweetwater: What string do you use for low G on soprano, and same question for you Janeray on the concert?

janeray1940
03-27-2011, 06:04 PM
Hi Jane:

Yes. I may try Dirks unwound set, but I'd need to tune to D.

Altho, I just bought this( just got it in last day of my buying season HAHA!):

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2011/03/c1955-harmony-baritone-ukulele.html

..so I can use the linear treble set with all unwound strings in C.

Sweetwater: What string do you use for low G on soprano, and same question for you Janeray on the concert?

So with the purchase of the bari, that gives you (at least) one uke in each size... including sopranino, pineapple, and banjo uke... what next? :)

I've got a non-wound Fremont Blackline low G on the concert. I find it... overpowering, but maybe I'm still getting used to it.

SweetWaterBlue
03-27-2011, 06:10 PM
Sweetwater: What string do you use for low G on soprano, and same question for you Janeray on the concert?

I use an Aquila wound, but I would love to find an acceptable non-wound one, if one exists. It definitely can be over powering, so it requires a lighter touch, unless its one of those times where it is the sound you want.

pdxuke
03-27-2011, 06:56 PM
So with the purchase of the bari, that gives you (at least) one uke in each size... including sopranino, pineapple, and banjo uke... what next? :)
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What's next is a summer long exploration of what I like, then the thinning of the herd. I would like to retain at least one in every size. I like playing a wide variety, but I'm quite certain that some will be heading out the door come fall. It may be a re-calibration of brands-- afterall, Kamaka makes a tenor and a baritone :-)...

pdxuke
03-27-2011, 06:58 PM
I've got a non-wound Fremont Blackline low G on the concert. I find it... overpowering, but maybe I'm still getting used to it.

Do you have a strum test of that? I can't remember--I know you added some...

janeray1940
03-27-2011, 07:16 PM
Do you have a strum test of that? I can't remember--I know you added some...

Right here (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/kamaka-concert-low-g). It sounds so... guitar-ish.

pdxuke
03-27-2011, 08:22 PM
Right here (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/kamaka-concert-low-g). It sounds so... guitar-ish.

I kind of like it. It sounds less ukey than a soprano, but it still sounds ukey enough. I really liked the tenor sound with those base lines I had missed. I'm working on a track of WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/circle-unfinished) which is not done, my daughters, son and wife need to add back ups, but it gives an idea of that base that is nice to have sometimes. Wait until you hear the Barry tuned linear!

SweetWaterBlue
03-28-2011, 12:53 AM
Right here (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/kamaka-concert-low-g). It sounds so... guitar-ish.

Jane. I think yours still sounds uke'ish. One with a full tone and bass, for sure, but still a uke. I don't think traditional uke-type strumming is the best use of a small uke with a Low-G. I mostly do a sort of "pluck the base string and strum the rest," or just plain old finger picking on mine most of the time. When I want to strum a 30's tune, or most Hawaiin, I reach for the High G. I really think of them as two different instruments.

janeray1940
03-28-2011, 05:45 AM
When I want to strum a 30's tune, or most Hawaiin, I reach for the High G.

Oddly enough, most of the Hawaiian players I've been around prefer low G. Go figure!

The reason I added a low G to my collection was for fingerpicking, and I agree with you - I think it's best for that.

SweetWaterBlue
03-30-2011, 03:55 AM
I kind of like it. It sounds less ukey than a soprano, but it still sounds ukey enough. I really liked the tenor sound with those base lines I had missed. I'm working on a track of WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (http://soundcloud.com/pdxuke/circle-unfinished) which is not done, my daughters, son and wife need to add back ups, but it gives an idea of that base that is nice to have sometimes. Wait until you hear the Barry tuned linear!

I was just listening to your "first draft" of the Circle. It sounds good. Glad to see you getting into multi-tracking. Its so much easier to find a partner you can sing and play with that way.