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FormbyFanatic95
12-01-2011, 11:23 AM
Right so I have a banjolele and I want to learn a Formby song, how do I
tune it to Formby playing (I think its in "G", but how do you do that?)?

Ambient Doughnut
12-01-2011, 11:59 AM
What's the song?

A Formby song in G would usually be played with the uke tuned to A D F# B (ie up one tone from C tuning) using shapes from what would be the key of F on a C tuned Uke.

Does that make sense?

FormbyFanatic95
12-02-2011, 06:55 AM
To be honest, not really

arpie
12-02-2011, 09:35 AM
I just leave mine in GCEA, as I play in a uke group & it matches theirs and you can also play Formby on GCEA. He had about 4 ukes in all different tunings & just picked up the one that he preferred for each individual song, I think.

Probably one of the easiest Formby solo to learn straight up is called the 'practise piece'

Check this one out at normal speed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTVFE8NRx90

THen check it out when he plays it slow (in GCEA) a totally different set of chords from the 'fast' one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-l4mD273lI

Good Luck!! I can do the split stroke just now & a bit of the Triple & Fan - just have to work out how to do them all at once!!:o
cheers
Roberta