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VaGoddess
09-16-2012, 03:03 AM
Hey! I have a Cordoba Tenor (low g) with Aquila strings...loving it so far, but I'm looking for a even more "mellow" or "guitary" sound. I want the "guitar-like" sound, but on my Tenor, so it still has a little ukulele sound and the GCEA chord shapes, also! I hope that's not to confusing, ha ha! I've heard of all types of tunings for a Tenor uke, so is there one that meets the sound that I'm looking for, other than DGBE?

rreffner
09-16-2012, 03:25 AM
high g re-entrant in B flat.

VaGoddess
09-16-2012, 03:31 AM
high g re-entrant in B flat.

Thanks for the suggestion! @ rreffner

frets alot
09-16-2012, 03:33 AM
I'll be a smart Aleck....for a great guitar sound, try EBGDAE. ;)

Sorry, can't give you the uke advice you are looking for.

VaGoddess
09-16-2012, 03:36 AM
I'll be a smart Aleck....for a great guitar sound, try EBGDAE. ;)

Sorry, can't give you the uke advice you are looking for.

Ha ha! I knew that was coming... @frets alot

Tootler
09-16-2012, 05:04 AM
I'll be a smart Aleck....for a great guitar sound, try EBGDAE. ;)

Sorry, can't give you the uke advice you are looking for.

Not really all that smart alec. There's a serious point there.

If you want a guitarry sound, then get a guitar. If you only want four strings, then get a tenor guitar. I have a friend who has a tenor guitar and it definitely sounds like a guitar and not a bit like a uke.

I like re-entrant tuning whatever tuning you use. It gives the proper uke sound. Another friend of mine has a low "G" tenor which she tunes DGBE because it makes it easy to play in keys that suit her voice best. It has really nice sound but to me, it just doesn't sound right.

However, there are no hard and fast rules and maybe you should just experiment a bit with different tunings. Tuning up or down a tone can make quite a difference.

kissing
09-16-2012, 05:07 AM
Well there aint much you can do other than trying lower tunings.
DGBE is as guitary as a uke gets...


Best option would be to invest in a Baritone ukulele, which are normally tuned DGBE.

But you can tune the tenor in a similar fashion using a string set that tunes to re-entrant DGBE, such as one by Aquila.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Aquila-11U-Nylgut-Tenor-Ukulele-String-Set-DGBE-High-D-Tuning-Accessory-/300779210262?pt=UK_MusicalInstruments_Other_Pro_Au dio_Equipment&hash=item4607d68616

kissing
09-16-2012, 05:35 AM
Hey! I have a Cordoba Tenor (low g) with Aquila strings...loving it so far, but I'm looking for a even more "mellow" or "guitary" sound. I want the "guitar-like" sound

....... Perhaps you don't need to change the tuning... but need to experiment with different strings?
Aquila strings aren't "mellow" strings.. in fact they're quite the opposite - bright and punchy.


I would suggest D'addario Pro-Arte strings if you want something that sounds mellower and "guitary".
Pro-Artes are also a popular choice on classical guitars.

VaGoddess
09-16-2012, 09:52 AM
Thanks! @kissing

VaGoddess
09-16-2012, 09:53 AM
Not really all that smart alec. There's a serious point there.

If you want a guitarry sound, then get a guitar. If you only want four strings, then get a tenor guitar. I have a friend who has a tenor guitar and it definitely sounds like a guitar and not a bit like a uke.

I like re-entrant tuning whatever tuning you use. It gives the proper uke sound. Another friend of mine has a low "G" tenor which she tunes DGBE because it makes it easy to play in keys that suit her voice best. It has really nice sound but to me, it just doesn't sound right.

However, there are no hard and fast rules and maybe you should just experiment a bit with different tunings. Tuning up or down a tone can make quite a difference.

Thanks for the suggestions!

haole
09-17-2012, 08:43 AM
I tune down to Bb sometimes, if I'm playing a song in a non-uke-friendly key. It works better with higher tension strings because they won't flop around as much when you're tuned down.

Baritones are fun if you like to experiment with tunings. I have one in normal DGBE and one in GCEA, but an octave lower than standard uke tuning. Check out this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?50244-Never-been-so-EXCITED-over-a-new-set-of-strings-before-YOU-GOTTA-TRY-THIS!-D) for a description and sound samples.

TheCraftedCow
09-17-2012, 09:49 PM
Keep the Aquila strings. With a linear tuning of low d, drop it a whole tone to a c. move the 2nd string (B) up a half step to C. CGCE finds the F chord by barring across the 5th fret, or, if you want to shape a chord, use 0 2 0 1. Fminor is 0101. Gmajor can be the 7th fret barred or 2423. It really is just barring the 2nd fret and playing2423. It is a wonderful tuning. If you want a different tuning, drop the E string a half step, so you are playing Cminor. the 5th fret 5555 would be Fminor and 7778 would be Gmajor7th. I f you tune to the minor and remember to play the first fret on the e string, you can get some nice half step bending without having to knock the strings sideways and out of tune.

mm stan
09-17-2012, 11:04 PM
Keep the Aquila Strings and go Re entrant B or Bb.....if you are new
I have never played a cordoba but I know it is probally good starter uke.....but I decide on what tuning on the way a uke sounds in GCEA and make adjustments with tuning and strings
to what I want it to sound like...having not played a cordoba, it would be a hard assist you...

Ondrej
09-17-2012, 11:16 PM
[QUOTE=TheCraftedCow;1047994]Keep the Aquila strings. With a linear tuning of low d, drop it a whole tone to a c. move the 2nd string (B) up a half step to C. CGCE finds the F chord by barring across the 5th fret, or, if you want to shape a chord, use 0 2 0 1. Fminor is 0101. Gmajor can be the 7th fret barred or 2423. It really is just barring the 2nd fret and playing2423. QUOTE]

Dear TheCraftedCow. I also discovered the beauty C tuning baritone (C-G-c-e). Maybe you interesting. I made tabs.
http://osos.sweb.cz/tabulatury.html Open C tuning Baryton ukulele.pdf Open C tuning Baryton ukulele-1.pdf