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marymac
07-11-2011, 08:30 AM
Hi All -

I tried out guitars over the last couple months and found them gi-normous after my lovely little ukes. Couldn't get into the super-long scale and the strings are too dang close together. Last week I bought (and have now returned) a Cordoba Requinto 480. Loved the scale and it was gorgeous, but I still missed the wider string spacing on the uke. I also realized I was trying to learn too many things at once; adding the EADGBE fingering to my To-Do list was too much.

So - I'm thinking about getting one of the guitarlele's that are on the market - the koaloha DVI, Kanilea GL6 or Mele Guitarlele. (I tried to jump on the DVI for sale on FMM yesterday but so did a ton of other people.) What I'm wondering, from those who have tried these, is whether the string spacing is like that of a guitar or a uke? The requinto I tried had a 44mm nut and it was tooooo narrow. I'm thinking that whatever I get should have a nut width more like a standard classical guitar (52mm?), but on a uke body (tenor or bari).

Any opinions or string spacing measurements you can offer are welcome. Thanks! - Mary

Lori
07-11-2011, 09:05 AM
The KoAloha D-VI has a 51mm nut with the space between the strings about 7 mm (maybe a bit less). My Kala tenor, in comparison has 8mm between the strings. I don't know about the others.

–Lori

marymac
07-11-2011, 09:07 AM
The KoAloha D-VI has a 51mm nut with the space between the strings about 7 mm (maybe a bit less). My Kala tenor, in comparison has 8mm between the strings. I don't know about the others.

–Lori

Thanks Lori! That's exactly the info I'm looking for. I wish Koaloha and Kanilea would put the specs like this on their websites like the guitar companies do! How do you like your DVI?

WhenDogsSing
07-11-2011, 09:08 AM
I've owned a Koaloha D-VI and currently still have a Mele guitarlele.

The Koaloha D-VI is a truly nice instrument. The one that I had was set up perfect from the factory and rang out loud and proud. The workmanship was impeccable. I sold it only because the neck was a little too wide for my liking. I wrap my thumb around the top of the fingerboard to make barre chords up the neck and I realized that I could just not get to those bass notes with my thumb. It just wasn't right for me.

I still have the Mele. The neck is just right for my style of playing. I absolutely love the instrument and will never part with it. I did a review of it on my YouTube channel. Mele has since included that review on their website. Here is a link to the review: http://www.meleukulele.com/shopcontent.asp?type=videos

The review is the 4th video down.

I've never played a GL-6 so I can't offer anything to you on that one.

marymac
07-11-2011, 09:16 AM
I've owned a Koaloha D-VI and currently still have a Mele guitarlele.

The Koaloha D-VI is a truly nice instrument. The one that I had was set up perfect from the factory and rang out loud and proud. The workmanship was impeccable. I sold it only because the neck was a little too wide for my liking. I wrap my thumb around the top of the fingerboard to make barre chords up the neck and I realized that I could just not get to those bass notes with my thumb. It just wasn't right for me.

I still have the Mele. The neck is just right for my style of playing. I absolutely love the instrument and will never part with it. I did a review of it on my YouTube channel. Mele has since included that review on their website. Here is a link to the review: http://www.meleukulele.com/shopcontent.asp?type=videos

The review is the 4th video down.

I've never played a GL-6 so I can't offer anything to you on that one.

Great review and great playing Dog! I love the dogs playing in the background too. Sounds like my house! As far as nut width, I can't even get my thumb around on a soprano so there's no way I'd be worried about that for a bigger instrument like this. It sounds like the neck on the Mele is narrower than that of the DVI though since you're able to reach around it. Is that right? Could you measure the nut width and string spacing on the Mele if you have time? Love that beautiful mahogany body. Thanks! - Mary

Lori
07-11-2011, 09:25 AM
Thanks Lori! That's exactly the info I'm looking for. I wish Koaloha and Kanilea would put the specs like this on their websites like the guitar companies do! How do you like your DVI?

I am still experimenting with the strings, and I haven't had much time to figure it all out. I have quarter scale guitar strings from LaBella on it right now. I am impressed with the rich tone of the low end in EADGBE tuning, but the upper end lacks brightness with this set. I might have to do some mixing and matching. I had an intonation issue on the second string, and it might be due to a bad string. The strings it came with had a bit of the problem, but they were used. It just might be a coincidence that the new LaBella string was off on #2 too, or I might need a saddle adjustment. I love the size of it, so if I can get these adjustments made, I will be happy. On the few occasions I tried other guitarleles, I was disappointed in the low end tone. It might be improved with different strings though.

–Lori

marymac
07-11-2011, 09:52 AM
I am still experimenting with the strings, and I haven't had much time to figure it all out. I have quarter scale guitar strings from LaBella on it right now. I am impressed with the rich tone of the low end in EADGBE tuning, but the upper end lacks brightness with this set. I might have to do some mixing and matching. I had an intonation issue on the second string, and it might be due to a bad string. The strings it came with had a bit of the problem, but they were used. It just might be a coincidence that the new LaBella string was off on #2 too, or I might need a saddle adjustment. I love the size of it, so if I can get these adjustments made, I will be happy. On the few occasions I tried other guitarleles, I was disappointed in the low end tone. It might be improved with different strings though.

–Lori

I really liked the low end tone on the Cordoba I tried so I'm glad to hear the DVI has a nice low end. Especially since it's the smallest of these three guitarleles. I'm planning to use what ever I get in ADGCEA tuning though. I've recommitted myself to the uke so I want to use the GCEA tuning where possible. I'm even trying it on my baris though I haven't been thrilled by any of the strings yet. Still working on that part. So far DGBE sounds way better on them, but I still have hope! Thanks for the help on the DVI - Mary

WhenDogsSing
07-11-2011, 10:21 AM
The neck width of the Mele is 1-3/4". The strings are spaced 5/16" apart. The scale length is 20-1/8".

I hope this helps.

Ken of York
07-11-2011, 10:31 AM
Hi Marymac,

weighing in with the Kanilea point of view. I have my little beauty the GL6 on my lap and can say.....applying ruler.......51mm nut......and.......hmmmm I'd say 7mm or just a fraction more between the strings - so very much like what Lori says about the DVI. Of course the Mele and DVI are less cash than the Kanilea but I was fascinated by the qualities of the GL6 neck including the body joining at the 16th fret which is pretty outrageous but flippin brilliant!

I played an Admira classical guitar for ages before uke fever took over, the GL6 neck is very much like the classical in width and feel so it suits me fine. The sound is terrific, in fact the best sounding instrument I have ever owned, it shocks me sometimes and I look down at myself and think 'was that really me creating that sound?'. I also have the K-2 Tenor, the strings on that are.... oh hang on I'll go fetch it......mmmmm about 9mm apart, maybe a touch more, and the difference is very noticeable when swapping from one to t'other which I do quite often. If you asked me though I'd say I prefer the spacings on the GL6.

Happy hunting! Ken

-SRS-45-
07-11-2011, 10:49 AM
I now own 'whendogsing' KoAloha DVI and it is a beaut. The reason I went for it over the others as to me its the only Guitalele that still sounds like a uke because of its bright tone... the others sounded more guitar like but for me that was a bad thing as the small body made them sound like weak guitars.

Here's a vid of mine (previously whendogsing's): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOCHKGBYz9c

-James

Ken of York
07-11-2011, 11:33 AM
Hmmm. not so sure all the others are so 'weak guitar' like. I can only speak for the GL6 but it is built in exactly the same way as a Kanilea Uke with the 'Tru' bracing and a super tenor body with a rather special neck attached. I thought it was a bit too bright when I first got it so put Worth Browns on for stings 1 and 2, the rest are Pro Arte EJ45C and it sounds great to me now.

Here are 2 Nevin tunes, the first plays around mostly with the non-uke strings the second plays a lot on those Worths and it sounds very 'uke' to me. Sorry about the bad microphone, I had nothing better at the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz8hjNv3Tus

Ken

-SRS-45-
07-11-2011, 11:39 AM
That second tune is stunning man, really nicely played too. Yeah thats the uke sound I'm on about, lush :)

Ken of York
07-11-2011, 11:43 AM
Cheers mate! And I just watched 'Butterflys' on the DVI that you posted and I'm blissed out (without a vodka which is some achievement!)

-SRS-45-
07-11-2011, 11:48 AM
hehe cheers man, vodka, its great stuff, unfortunately my stomach disagrees :)

fumanshu
07-11-2011, 03:00 PM
Hi Mary! I have both of the three guitarleles yo're mentioning and I would say that my favorite one is the Kanilea GL6. It's the one that has the fullest sound of the 3.....because of it's body, it gives you a better bottom end spectrum.

The neck might be longer than your stanadrd tenor uke also.

If you want something that is very close to the standard tenor uke but in guitarlele, then go with the DVI....It's really a tenor uke with a wider neck for 6 strings but other than that, it's a tenor uke!!

It also sounds very good too...maybe not articulate as the GL6 but very nice...it's really a matter of taste...

But for having a whole bunch of guitarlele ( 2 yamaha, DVI, GL6, custom Little River guitarlele, custom archtop guitarlele), the one that I always pick when I want to play is the GL6!

I don't know if you saw the clip I recently post on the board...but if not, you can hear it here...you will have a brief idea of the sound of the GL6...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzh94IC1qQk

Hope it can help you in any way!

marymac
07-11-2011, 04:36 PM
Wow - great info everyone! Thanks for the measurements too. Interesting that the Kanilea tenor has 9mm between strings and the GL6 is only 7mm. That's a lot of difference.

Such great music you all are making on these. To all you guys who posted videos, are you using your guitarlele in ADGCEA tuning or standard guitar tuning?

Bao - I saw your Yesterday video last week. Great! And I loved Casarole45's Butterflies tune and Ken's Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin song (never heard of him before!) Now I just have to decide if I can afford a (another) $1400 uke or if I should stick with the $700 Mele. Better sleep on this one. Where did you all order your GL6's and DVI's?

mds725
07-11-2011, 07:07 PM
Mary,
It sounds like, given your strong preference for ukulele-like string spacing, that the D-VI might be your best bet. I definitely agree with you about the requinto 480. It sounds great but the string spacing is a big adjustment. Please let us know what you decide and whether you find that elusive guitarlele with ukulele string spacing!

marymac
07-11-2011, 07:47 PM
Mary,
It sounds like, given your strong preference for ukulele-like string spacing, that the D-VI might be your best bet. I definitely agree with you about the requinto 480. It sounds great but the string spacing is a big adjustment. Please let us know what you decide and whether you find that elusive guitarlele with ukulele string spacing!

Well, I'll probably just have to adjust to the narrower spacing to some extent. I measured the string spacing on my concerts and they're all 9-10mm. Probably if they made the string spacing that wide on a guitarlele the fretboard would be really wide and I'd be whinging about that instead of the string spacing! I'm leaning towards the DVI myself. I'm so bummed I didn't get the one on FMM. Anyone got one to sell or trade?

marymac
07-11-2011, 08:44 PM
Comparing stats from user measurements


||Uke || Nut width || String spacing (6 strings)||

|Kanilea GL6 | 51mm | 7+mm |
|Koaloha DVI | 51mm | 7-mm' |
|Mele Guitarlele | 1.75" = 45mm | 5/16" = 7.9mm |



Did I read those post right? If so, the mele has a narrower nut but wider string spacing. THAT's interesting.

fumanshu
07-12-2011, 01:03 AM
Wow - great info everyone! Thanks for the measurements too. Interesting that the Kanilea tenor has 9mm between strings and the GL6 is only 7mm. That's a lot of difference.

Such great music you all are making on these. To all you guys who posted videos, are you using your guitarlele in ADGCEA tuning or standard guitar tuning?

Bao - I saw your Yesterday video last week. Great! And I loved Casarole45's Butterflies tune and Ken's Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin song (never heard of him before!) Now I just have to decide if I can afford a (another) $1400 uke or if I should stick with the $700 Mele. Better sleep on this one. Where did you all order your GL6's and DVI's?

Hi Mary! For sure you will have to adjust yourself a little bit on the 6 strings because the string spaecement is a little smaller but it's not that much.....and trust me, I know that you have a MP and in my book, there's no other uke that has that string spacement....but you will see that going from a MP to a GL6 is no big deal!!

As for tuning, I use ADGCEA strung with classical guitar strings.....and I'm a fan of Oasis strings...it's what I use in my clip.

I bought my GL6 from MGM a few years ago already since thn, I haven't seen much on the market. But if you contact directly Kanilea, you can get a custom one for really not much!!!! Back then I wanted a spruce top- koa back and sides and the quote was really close to the ''standard'' all koa. So you should contact them if you want one I think...

For the DVI, I'm bought it directly at Koaloha and Brian choose it for me since....I'm in Montreal!

Mele one was bought directly via Mele too.

Seriously, I think you should save for a GL6 or DVI....don't go for the Mele...it looks and feel cheaper than the 2 others by far....well in my opinion!!

Thanks

bdukes
07-12-2011, 05:12 AM
A Guitarlele is on the wish list for me, so this is an awesome thread for those looking. Thank you. Great comparisons everyone. I've played all and have to agree that the Kanile'a sounded the fullest and as a guitar to uke convert the most easily playable for me. It was significantly more costly (~30%) than the Koaloha which I liked a lot for its most uke like qualities.

Also, not to confuse even more, but you had said you liked the Cordoba to a point and they're coming out with a Guilele soon. It sounds pretty good too.
http://cordobaguitars.com/guilele

Oh well, I know I'm torn...

marymac
07-12-2011, 06:01 AM
A Guitarlele is on the wish list for me, so this is an awesome thread for those looking. Thank you. Great comparisons everyone. I've played all and have to agree that the Kanile'a sounded the fullest and as a guitar to uke convert the most easily playable for me. It was significantly more costly (~30%) than the Koaloha which I liked a lot for its most uke like qualities.

Also, not to confuse even more, but you had said you liked the Cordoba to a point and they're coming out with a Guilele soon. It sounds pretty good too.
http://cordobaguitars.com/guilele

Oh well, I know I'm torn...

My concern about the Cordoba Guilele is that it still has a really narrow nut width so the string spacing would still feel very tight to me. As MDS suggested, I'm leaning towards the DVI since I like the uke size (tenor body instead of super tenor used on the GL6), and the string spacing is very similar. The DVI is a shorter scale as well which I find useful for my hand size.

BDukes - if you are willing to wait for it, the Guilele will probably be quite nice and cheaper than the other options. You might also like the Requinto 480 or 520 since it is tuned EADGBE like a guitar and the string spacing might not be an issue for you since you already play guitar. The Cordoba instruments seemed to have very nice, solid, pretty construction. And they're cheap, which is not an insignificant factor!

bdukes
07-12-2011, 06:14 AM
Truthfully, I'm leaning DVI myself. Although I did like the Kanile'a a lot, I have a soft spot for the Koaloha brand after meeting the family and workers on a factory tour. Very special people and that means a ton to me. And usually if I buy a less expensive instrument to get my feet wet, invariably I end up getting the higher priced one I wanted all along. So I figure I'll cut out the middle step (I think I'm finally maturing) and wait for the right moment to purchase... which I hope to be my next visit to Hawaii provided DVI's are available. (fingers crossed)

I will try the Cordoba for sure as I really like their classical guitars. I'll also be on the look out for a 480/520 to noodle on in the meantime. Good luck with the hunt!

Ken of York
07-12-2011, 06:30 AM
Hi,

I got the GL6 from the very kind and attentive Noel Tardy at Uke Lady Music in Texas. It was a big gamble for me really as I'm in Yorkshire, England - the centre of the universe :-) She made the arrangements and the GL6 shipped directly from the Kanilea factory. The down side was the 3 month wait - in fact I bought a Yamaha GL-1 to get me through the hard times. She also had a DVI on offer but that was back in February

just figuring out, if you - in theory - had a guitarlele with 9mm between strings you'd have 5 x 9mm = 45mm plus say 2mm for each string = 57mm plus say 3mm for each side = 63mm nut. That would be interesting and probably a bit frustrating unless you're used to playing 10 string lute.

marymac
07-12-2011, 07:04 AM
just figuring out, if you - in theory - had a guitarlele with 9mm between strings you'd have 5 x 9mm = 45mm plus say 2mm for each string = 57mm plus say 3mm for each side = 63mm nut. That would be interesting and probably a bit frustrating unless you're used to playing 10 string lute.

Hahahahaha - yes, that's the problem isn't it! I hadn't done all the math but it could get pretty wide. If we're measuring the distance between strings as being from the center of one string to the center of the next string, I think that the minimum comfortable width would be 5 x 9mm = 45mm plus 3 mm on the outside edges of the strings (above the bass string and below the treble string) would be 51mm (45+3+3). Ideal for me would be 10mm on center but that would make it 6x10 = 60mm + 3mm +3mm = 66mm. Whoooeeee! No way I could reach that. Gee, maybe these uke companies HAVE put some thought into this ;)

I'm going to make some calls today and see about getting a DVI.

mds725
07-12-2011, 07:14 AM
A Guitarlele is on the wish list for me, so this is an awesome thread for those looking. Thank you. Great comparisons everyone. I've played all and have to agree that the Kanile'a sounded the fullest and as a guitar to uke convert the most easily playable for me. It was significantly more costly (~30%) than the Koaloha which I liked a lot for its most uke like qualities.

Also, not to confuse even more, but you had said you liked the Cordoba to a point and they're coming out with a Guilele soon. It sounds pretty good too.
http://cordobaguitars.com/guilele

Oh well, I know I'm torn...

I thought about waiting for the guilele instead of buying the Cordoba requinto 480, which is actually a small guitar and not a requinto at all. It turns out the nut is approximately the same width on each, so nut width isn't a deciding factor. The requinto 480 body is a bit bigger than the guilele's will be, and I liked the "Spanish Guitar" sound of the requinto. Also, the requinto 480 was a big hit at NAMM when it was introduced there, so I was comfortable that it was a quality, playable instument. I'm still curious about the guilele and hope to be able to test drive one someday.

marymac
07-12-2011, 02:44 PM
Ok I lucked into a DVI today, believe it or not! Hopefully will get here this week. Woohoo! I'll let you know what my fingers think about the string spacing when it gets here. Thanks everyone for your input. I'm sure this thread will be a great resource for people looking at these three beauties in the future. - M

fumanshu
07-12-2011, 03:30 PM
Ok I lucked into a DVI today, believe it or not! Hopefully will get here this week. Woohoo! I'll let you know what my fingers think about the string spacing when it gets here. Thanks everyone for your input. I'm sure this thread will be a great resource for people looking at these three beauties in the future. - M

Nice Mary! I'm quite sure you will like it, it's a very nice instrument....and you will see, it really feels like a tenor koaloha but with wider neck!!!

Congrats!

mds725
07-12-2011, 03:32 PM
Ok I lucked into a DVI today, believe it or not! Hopefully will get here this week. Woohoo! I'll let you know what my fingers think about the string spacing when it gets here. Thanks everyone for your input. I'm sure this thread will be a great resource for people looking at these three beauties in the future. - M

Congratulations! Where on earth did you find one?

marymac
07-12-2011, 06:59 PM
Congratulations! Where on earth did you find one?

I emailed Noel the Ukelady about getting one and while she didn't have a new one in stock (8+ weeks to order one) she had a friend who was selling one. She put us in touch and I bought it today. Is that cool or what? Thanks Noel!

mds725
07-12-2011, 08:26 PM
I emailed Noel the Ukelady about getting one and while she didn't have a new one in stock (8+ weeks to order one) she had a friend who was selling one. She put us in touch and I bought it today. Is that cool or what? Thanks Noel!

That's beyond cool. That's serendipity! Congratulations on the acquisition. I hope you post your impressions after you've had a chance to play it a while.

Ken of York
07-13-2011, 12:08 PM
hey thats great marymac, I'm sure you'll get along fine with the DVI it won't be hard to adapt to string spacing, such things just kind of fall into place naturally and I'm also thinking the sound will really please you.

-SRS-45-
07-14-2011, 12:38 AM
Hey well done. A big tip though, if it has La Belle strings on (the treble strings will be black) take them off as those black treble strings are awful, the suck all the tone out and sound pretty dead. I find Pro-Arte EJ43 (light Tension) work really well and match the DVI perfect... for me anyway. They usually stick Pro Arte's or La Belles on them but its easy to tell the difference because of the black strings.

-james

marymac
07-14-2011, 05:35 AM
Hey well done. A big tip though, if it has La Belle strings on (the treble strings will be black) take them off as those black treble strings are awful, the suck all the tone out and sound pretty dead. I find Pro-Arte EJ43 (light Tension) work really well and match the DVI perfect... for me anyway. They usually stick Pro Arte's or La Belles on them but its easy to tell the difference because of the black strings.

-james

Thanks James. This one is used, but from an experienced player. It currently has a D'Addario classical for A & D strings and Worth Clear low G's for GCEA. I'll keep the Pro-arte's in mind for my next set.

Hoping DVI gets here tomorrow but it may be next week.

Lori
07-19-2011, 02:41 PM
I have to say that the customer service for KoAloha is great. Brian sent me a new saddle and strings to see if that would fix my intonation problem on my D-VI. The new saddle was shorter than the one I had and the strings were different too. Anyway, Brian is a genius! He fixed the problem without seeing the uke, and only getting a measurement from me about the string height on the 12th fret. I wasn't the original buyer, so they had no obligation to support me in this way. I am a happy KoAloha fan.
–Lori

-SRS-45-
07-19-2011, 10:53 PM
I have to say that the customer service for KoAloha is great. Brian sent me a new saddle and strings to see if that would fix my intonation problem on my D-VI. The new saddle was shorter than the one I had and the strings were different too. Anyway, Brian is a genius! He fixed the problem without seeing the uke, and only getting a measurement from me about the string height on the 12th fret. I wasn't the original buyer, so they had no obligation to support me in this way. I am a happy KoAloha fan.
–Lori

Same with me but my issue was a tiny bit of buzz fret so I needed a slighly higher saddle, that and a combination of new strings worked a treat.

Huna
07-20-2011, 01:34 AM
The uke has wider spaces between strings and I liked that but I tried the Yamaha and it did not have the wide spaces between strings. If I wanted to play a little guitar I would get a 3/4 size Martin LMX

marymac
07-20-2011, 06:22 AM
The uke has wider spaces between strings and I liked that but I tried the Yamaha and it did not have the wide spaces between strings. If I wanted to play a little guitar I would get a 3/4 size Martin LMX

I got my DVI!

The spaces are definitely narrow than my ukes but not as narrow as the requinto or a guitar. It definitely feels more comfortable than any guitar to me since the frets are so much closer due to the short scale. It's not the width of the fretboard that bothers me on guitars, it the width of the fretboard PLUS the huge distance between frets.

Anyway - the DVI is gorgeous. Very balanced sound, not too bassy or too bright. I love having the six strings. Now I'm working out fingerpicking patterns for it that incorporate the bass strings. I have a book on beginning Travis Picking for the guitar that is helpful on picking patterns but I've only found one chord chart for ADGCEA. Still, its a place to start. Thanks to all for pointing me at this. I love it!

Ken of York
07-20-2011, 07:41 AM
Congratulations marymac, I know what you mean about the fret distance on normal guitar, struggled with that myself for so long as a classical doodler. As far as playing is concerned, well I just kind of pretend mine is just like any other guitar so all chord shapes are the same, scales etc all the same just all at a higher pitch. This may not be suitable if playing with others in a band or if there is a real need for the correct key.

Anyway good luck with your new friend!

Message for Huna - I have both Yamaha GL1 and Kanilea GL6. On the Yamaha I agree the strings are very close together, in fact I would say they have gone to an extreme in order to come up with a very small guitarlele. It gives a false impression of other guitarleles although I found it quite playable after a day or 2. The GL6 on the other hand, and I reckon the DVI actually have plenty of space on the fretboard and so are not nearly as different from a normal tenor uke.

marymac
07-20-2011, 08:02 AM
Congratulations marymac, I know what you mean about the fret distance on normal guitar, struggled with that myself for so long as a classical doodler. As far as playing is concerned, well I just kind of pretend mine is just like any other guitar so all chord shapes are the same, scales etc all the same just all at a higher pitch. This may not be suitable if playing with others in a band or if there is a real need for the correct key.

Anyway good luck with your new friend!

Message for Huna - I have both Yamaha GL1 and Kanilea GL6. On the Yamaha I agree the strings are very close together, in fact I would say they have gone to an extreme in order to come up with a very small guitarlele. It gives a false impression of other guitarleles although I found it quite playable after a day or 2. The GL6 on the other hand, and I reckon the DVI actually have plenty of space on the fretboard and so are not nearly as different from a normal tenor uke.

I don't know the guitar chords, only uke chords so I'm planning to treat this as a learning a new instrument to a large extent. I'd rather learn the correct chord names and shapes for any instrument since my main enjoyment with instruments is playing music with others. So it will help to learn the chords shapes for the DVI. I'm already hard at work on it! Thanks Ken

Ken of York
07-20-2011, 01:09 PM
aha, I see. Sorry I made an assumption there, hmmm could be tricky. If you're not used to normal guitar then trying to learn guitar chords on guitarlele has an added dimension of difficulty really but don't be put off!

I have a A4 sheet schematic of a guitar fretboard up to 12th fret both staves and named notes per fret, it has been my music bible as I transcribe classical tunes to tab and has been a major help to my development as a player. Wish I could share it somehow but it is just a laminate sheet.

Anyway as a starting point (with my 'bible') taking the chord shapes of normal guitar but starting on fret 5 (assuming the DVI is tuned ADGCEa - as it should be) then I'll have a quick go here -
using same shape chord

Normal Guitar chord - Guitarlele chord
E becomes A
F becomes A#
G becomes C
A becomes D
B becomes E
C becomes F
D becomes G

Then you have all the sharps, flats, minor, 5th, 7th, 9th, diminished, augmented and lots of variations that don't come to mind right now. Then there are all the classic scales to consider.

I'm sure there are far more knowledgeable people out there than me. Hadn't really considered all this before but I'm warming to the subject now. Hopefully what I wrote so far is correct - I have tonight cracked open a fresh bottle of the old russian standard!

Budem zdorovy!