View Full Version : Baritone and capo gives you all the scales

Jim Hanks
04-13-2013, 03:10 PM
I found this old thread discussing fingerboard lengths (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33764) and I got to thinking about my baritone. It has a 20.25" scale, which is the most common nowadays. Plug that in to the stewmac fret calculator (http://www.stewmac.com/fretcalc/) and you will find that you get a pretty close approximation to the following scales by moving the capo:
19" - 1st fret
17" (tenor) - 3rd fret
15" (concert) - 5th fret
13" (soprano) - 7th fret

No, it's not exact (actual scales are 19.113, 17.027, 15.17, and 13.515), but close enough for fingering practice or to "test drive" a different scale.


04-13-2013, 03:34 PM
Interesting way to think about it.

I personally can't see myself going any smaller than Tenor. I just don't see how my stubby fingers would fit into the frets.

Jim Hanks
04-13-2013, 03:42 PM
Yeah I hear you. But capo your tenor at the 2nd fret to test drive a concert or at the 4th fret to try what a soprano would feel like. I think my ideal scale would be 18 or 19" but I'm shopping tenors now.

04-13-2013, 03:43 PM
I've been thinking of my baritone that way for a while. And each scale is tuned nicely... "tenor" uke in B flat, "concert" uke in C, and "soprano" in D.

Jim Hanks
04-13-2013, 03:48 PM
Bonus! And sopranino in Eb! :cool: