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Captain America
10-01-2013, 05:10 AM
Given its sound, what style of playing do you do with a tenor? strum? pick? etc?

I'm curious whether anyone's found the uke size tends to dictate certain kinds of technique. . . and music.

Freeda
10-01-2013, 05:16 AM
My only tenor is an 8 string, so I'm mostly strumming. Can't pick cleanly yet on 4 strings, much less 8.

Radio Flyer
10-01-2013, 05:45 AM
i'm still strumming now, will pick when i can. tenor does both nicely.

Gary52
10-01-2013, 05:52 AM
Mostly picking since I'm "vocally challenged." As to kind of music, I'm all over the map--classical, blues, the Beatles, etc.

frisbee fred
10-01-2013, 06:04 AM
Blues, baby, blues....

teruterubouzu
10-01-2013, 06:06 AM
I bought mine for strumming. Seemed like the larger scale would be better for country than my concert or soprano ukes. I'm still not quite getting the sound I want so I will probably switch it to low g.

sirwhale
10-01-2013, 06:07 AM
I pick and play at the moment a lot more blues than anything.

Bingeeboy
10-01-2013, 06:29 AM
Pick, strum, pluck whatever you like, I bought my tenor with a cutaway so I could play Lyle Ritz jazz riffs right up pass the 12 fret.

PhilUSAFRet
10-01-2013, 07:12 AM
All the above.

Cheeso
10-01-2013, 08:08 AM
Everything.

It's like that bag of weed in Harold & Kumar...

rem50
10-01-2013, 08:30 AM
I use a tenor uke to make money....... I photograph kids on a pony at daycares, dress the kids like cowboys give them a tenor Kala and take a pic. They look like singing cowboys and cowgirls!

dnewton2
10-01-2013, 08:36 AM
I sold my Tenors.

Skrik
10-01-2013, 08:40 AM
Mine's in a box. I don't like the timbre of the tenors I've heard in person.

flyingace
10-01-2013, 08:47 AM
My Kala Acacia Tenor has the sweetest tone when fingerpicked and played up the neck, not just first 3 frets. Strumming is good but not it's best suit. Worth Browns with low wound G.

Newportlocal
10-01-2013, 09:28 AM
All the above.

Agree......

SailQwest
10-01-2013, 11:16 AM
My tenors are tuned to G, and are used for specific songs, but not any particular style. I'm primarily a concert player (I have a wimpy fretting hand, and tenor is not my perfect size).

My "tenor set" is:
Copperhead Road
Figured You Out
Folsom Prison Blues
Hallelujah
I Put A Spell On You
Killing Me Softly
Tell Me Why
Wicked Game

Ukejenny
10-01-2013, 11:23 AM
Everything.

It's like that bag of weed in Harold & Kumar...

Bwahahaha!

I strum mostly, but enjoy finger picking, though I do suck at that. Still sounds nice on my sweet KPK tenor with the low G.

janeray1940
10-01-2013, 11:34 AM
What do I do with a tenor uke? Turn green with envy over people who have hands large enough to play them!

Seriously - I play mainly soprano, and often high up the neck - and although I think the higher range sounds much better on tenor (or even concert), my stubby little hands can't handle many of the stretches I need to make on anything larger than a soprano.

I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all rule for what size ukes work well with what styles, though. To my ear, a uke sounds like a uke and that's all good :) The only real preference I have is that for just plain strumming, I don't care for low G at all, regardless of uke size, although I do like it when soloing or playing harmonies.

mangorockfish
10-01-2013, 11:43 AM
I leave mine in there cases for the most part. Everything Janeray said, I second. Love the soprano size.

The Great Bedini
10-01-2013, 01:02 PM
Anything. I have one lowG, one high, love the strumming on the high, play fingerstyle on the low, broad spectrum of music, but I much favor old standards.

Tim Mullins
10-01-2013, 01:17 PM
I think tenors sound clearer and more in tune due to the longer scale length and greater string tension. I like fingerpicking on them, with some strumming mixed in. For tunes heavy on strumming, my sopranos roar!

Steedy
10-01-2013, 01:23 PM
I haven't quite figured out what to do with a Tenor ukulele. Maybe put a low G on it and learn to finger pick? :confused:

Up to now in my uke journey, Concert size hits the sweet spot for me.

SeattleSean
10-01-2013, 01:36 PM
My tenor Mya-Moe is being built as we speak, so it's fun for me to read this thread and think about how I'm going to play when it's delivered later this month! I've heard that the low G is great for jazz type chords, which I presume would also work well for Blues, as others have noted here already. I also look forward to expanding my finger picking to include songs & styles suited to low G's. Can't wait!

Hikingstevo
10-01-2013, 04:31 PM
I use my tenor to finger pick in low G tuning.

I prefer the soprano size and that's mostly what I play. I wanted to try low G and strung my concert that way but didn't like the sound at all; even though I put premium strings on it. I bought a single, wound classical guitar string, low G gauge, and put it on my tenor. I'm enjoying the tenor more than ever now that it's strung low G.

bnolsen
10-01-2013, 05:01 PM
firewood? i guess that's less than 10 characters.

DaveY
10-01-2013, 05:18 PM
Everything.

It's like that bag of weed in Harold & Kumar...

Is that "Cheeso" or "Cheech" (minus Chong)? Anyway . . . strum and/or pick: pop songs other than old Tin Pan Alley (which sound dead on a tenor), various rock tunes (some through a multi-effects pedal), Beatles (they get their own category), and my own comedic songs.

Steveperrywriter
10-01-2013, 05:22 PM
Tenors are all I own and I am quite happy with 'em. Going from a classical guitar to anything smaller is beyond me. I tried, couldn't scrunch my fingers that close together.

Steve

sugengshi
10-01-2013, 05:28 PM
I love to play both strumming and finger picking on my tenor and other ukulele sizes. :D

uke4ia
10-01-2013, 05:38 PM
Anything and everything. I played only sopranos for my first 20 years of playing, but for over 15 years now my tenor with low G is by far my favorite uke to play. I especially like to see how much '70s prog rock I can learn to play.


My tenor Mya-Moe is being built as we speak, so it's fun for me to read this thread and think about how I'm going to play when it's delivered later this month! I've heard that the low G is great for jazz type chords, which I presume would also work well for Blues, as others have noted here already. I also look forward to expanding my finger picking to include songs & styles suited to low G's. Can't wait!

Huh. I always thought jazzy chords was the biggest advantage of high G. Having the G and A strings a 2nd interval apart instead of a 9th allows for some tight chords that are similar to what a pianist can do with the right hand. For example, with a 0422 Em9, you can play an E, F#, G, and B in a single half-octave.

JulianUker
10-01-2013, 07:47 PM
Mainly strumming on my low G KoAloha with some picking thrown in as I only know a few picking songs. Definitely need to learn more picking tunes.

ichadwick
10-02-2013, 01:24 AM
Given its sound, what style of playing do you do with a tenor? strum? pick? etc?

All of the above...