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brUKEman
03-31-2013, 01:51 PM
I have a soprano & concert uke that I would like to tune up to ADF#B tuning. I tried it and it works but the strings seem a little tight. Is there a better type or length of string which would make the ukes more playable in that tuning. I like to play up the neck and it is a little difficult.

hmgberg
03-31-2013, 01:59 PM
Try a lighter gauge like Worth CL, or ask Dirk from Southcoast to make a recommendation for a lower tension string.

coolkayaker1
03-31-2013, 02:13 PM
Southcoast XLE is what I use for that tuning on soprano

hmgberg
03-31-2013, 03:36 PM
Southcoast XLE is what I use for that tuning on soprano

Well, there you have it!

Tootler
03-31-2013, 09:38 PM
I use living waters on a soprano and subjectively, the tension seems no greater than with gCEA tuning on a concert.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-01-2013, 03:29 AM
D'Addario J65 nylon strings are designed to be tuned to ADF#B. They feel just right tuned to those pitches on a couple of my soprano ukes.

Louis0815
04-01-2013, 11:08 AM
I tried it and it works but the strings seem a little tight. Is there a better type or length of string which would make the ukes more playable in that tuning. I like to play up the neck and it is a little difficult.What strings are you currently using?

kenikas
04-02-2013, 03:58 AM
Aquila makes a set for sopranos, not sure if they have one for concert. I use them on some 50's Harmony ukes I have and they sound and play pretty good.

Ken Middleton
04-02-2013, 05:25 AM
whichever are your favourite strings, just tune them up to D tuning. I have never had a problem. When I last did workshops in Canada, I tuned my tenor up and down several times. No trouble at all.

If you look at someone like James Hill, who plays on stage several times every week, and in D tuning. When he jams with us ordinary mortals, he will usually be in C tuning and on the same uke.