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addicted2myuke
08-02-2013, 03:54 AM
My friend insists on learning guitar, but is in her late 50s and is struggling terribly. I am trying to convince her that a baritone is almost the size of a guitar and has a deeper sound like a guitar and way easier to learn. I play a soprano and a concert that I tune high G. She is curious about the ukulele because she hears me play well after only 2 years. If she does want to switch to the ukulele, can a baritone be tuned to high G so I can teach her what I know. If not, then maybe a tenor is the way to go for her. I have nothing against the guitar, but by the time she gets a proficient at the guitar as I am at the ukulele so far, she may be too tired to play. ;0).

strumsilly
08-02-2013, 04:48 AM
You sure can. the bari is probably the most versatile size as far as different tunings go. I don't know if anyone makes a set specifically for high g. but def low G, you could just tune down a bari A from a low g set for a high G. call Dirk at Southcoast, he can prob set you up.

coolkayaker1
08-02-2013, 05:15 AM
http://pohakushop.com/?product=hilo-baritone-g-c-e-a-string-set

cdkrugjr
08-02-2013, 05:20 AM
Aquila makes strings for C-reentrant tuning on a baritone (normal "High G" tuning). Southcoast Ukes makes a Cuatro set that they say will tune to C on a bari. That has the same chord shapes as a "normal uke" but voiced lower.

So . . yes?

rubyrain
08-02-2013, 08:44 AM
As other have said, YES you can.
I just had mine strung with Aquila strings with high G. But honestly, I wish I had done a low g for that more mellow "guitar" sound. The low G is just an octave lower but you still play the same chords as with high G. I will be getting the g restrung in the near future I'm sure but the baritone still has a mellower sound overall than the other smaller ukes.

connor013
08-02-2013, 09:05 AM
:agree: with the Southcoast re-entrant G baritone strings. They'll make a Bari sing.

Another route: tune it DGBE and get a capo. Playing a Bari from the fifth fret up is no big deal, and you get the best of both tunings.

addicted2myuke
08-02-2013, 11:03 AM
Thanks to all for your answers. Now all I have to do is convince her that the ukulele in any size is awesome. I'll keep you posted.

PhilUSAFRet
08-02-2013, 02:37 PM
:agree: with the Southcoast re-entrant G baritone strings. They'll make a Bari sing.

Another route: tune it DGBE and get a capo. Playing a Bari from the fifth fret up is no big deal, and you get the best of both tunings.

:agree: Many baritone players sing the praises of these strings.

Jim Hanks
08-02-2013, 04:04 PM
I haven't tried high G but I still have a bari available for cheap. See the link in my signature if you're interested.

connor013
08-02-2013, 05:21 PM
:agree: Many baritone players sing the praises of these strings.

Just to close the loop, Phil: I had the re-entrant SC Gs on my Pono MB, but ultimately ditched them for SC re-entrant Ds.

igorthebarbarian
08-02-2013, 08:38 PM
Also, Ken Middleton of Living Water Strings sells a baritone set tuned with High 'D' string (re-entrant) dGBE. He ships pretty quick to the USA. I found his strings better than Worth's on baritone.

Big_e
08-10-2013, 09:22 AM
Thanks for the information everybody and thanks to the OP for asking the question. I'm not much of a guitar player. Although the chord shapes are alike, my baritone sits unloved in the corner. With high G strings she can enter the fold.

coolkayaker1
08-10-2013, 12:01 PM
Also, Ken Middleton of Living Water Strings sells a baritone set tuned with High 'D' string (re-entrant) dGBE. He ships pretty quick to the USA. I found his strings better than Worth's on baritone.

Southcoast sells high D strings, too. dGBE, I agree, awesome.

Here's UU member and excellent musician Doc Bekken showing dGBE on Southcoasts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMgv1jBc6Eg

Doc says: "A little late night fingerpicking blues on my cheapo 'Richwood' baritone ukulele...with re-entrant dGBE strings from Southcoast Guitar & Ukulele Company."

All nylon, no wound, no squeaks.

nukealaily
08-15-2013, 08:01 AM
you might get away with putting a high G tenor set on it