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Gerald Ross
10-02-2011, 02:49 AM
I'm performing and teaching at the 4th International Ukulele Ceilidh in Nova Scotia, Canada in three weeks.

http://www.ukuleleceilidh.ca/

I will be teaching my classes with my tenor uke tuned up to "D". I currently have Worth CT strings on the uke.

Tuned up to D, the tension is way too tight and the strings feel too"hard" under my fingertips. The uke can easily handle the tension and the tone is bright but it's hard on my fingers and not fun to play. The action is fine but the strings are so tight that I have a difficult time getting vibrato and easily grabbing closed positions up the neck.

Suggestions for tenor strings in D?

ukulelecowboy
10-02-2011, 04:28 AM
Gerald,

Contact Dirk Wormhoudt at Southcoast ukuleles. He's on UU. His string formulations are great. The website is:

http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide.htm

I use his linears on all our baritones and they sound terrific.

southcoastukes
10-02-2011, 04:35 AM
Suggestions for tenor strings in D?

Our Soft Light Gauge strings will likely be good for that.

When we put them out we did a test to see how people liked them in C tuning. Here's a video test by Ryan Rodriguez. You'll see he actually likes them best in D.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?48693-String-Testers-Wanted-for-Southcoast/page5&highlight=string+testers+southcoast

(also, we fixed the "ballooney" 1st string he mentions)

rasputinsghost
10-02-2011, 04:39 AM
Gordon and Char at Mya-Moe would be able to furnish you with a fluoro set in D tuning very easily!

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/stringsAccessories.html

D6, $8.

RyRod
10-02-2011, 05:06 AM
Our Soft Light Gauge strings will likely be good for that.

When we put them out we did a test to see how people liked them in C tuning. Here's a video test by Ryan Rodriguez. You'll see he actually likes them best in D.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?48693-String-Testers-Wanted-for-Southcoast/page5&highlight=string+testers+southcoast

(also, we fixed the "ballooney" 1st string he mentions)

Hey Mr. Ross, these strings do sound really good in D tuning, especially if you're using them on your Talsma.

here's the actual video.

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

I tune it to D near the end of the video.

Deek
10-03-2011, 10:58 AM
I thought the Canadian key was "A".

Ken Middleton
10-03-2011, 11:42 AM
I thought the Canadian key was "A".

No. The key is not really the relevant issue here. It is really to do with the bottom string (3rd). In standard tuning this is C, but in Canadian tuning it is D.

Scott S.
10-03-2011, 11:56 AM
I think Deek was infering that the Canadian key is "Eh", as in pretty good beer eh?" :)

Deek
10-06-2011, 10:23 AM
That's the way they say it in the Great White North (or the Great White South to us Detroiters) Take off you Hosers...