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WashAshore
02-20-2014, 12:35 AM
Anyone else made a decision on these? I like the richer sound of a baritone over a tenor, yet a 3/4 guitar has two more strings. I know this is a Uke site, so opinions may tilt toward the Uke.

kissing
02-20-2014, 12:38 AM
Motorcycle or Hatchback?

savagehenry
02-20-2014, 12:54 AM
I pick baritone and hatchback!

cdkrugjr
02-20-2014, 01:19 AM
Tried a Tenor Guitar? Four strings, lots of different tuning options, including ones that have Uke fingering

What about a Cuatro? Uke fingering, but "Low A" (1st String) rather than "High G" (4th String)

CeeJay
02-20-2014, 01:24 AM
@Kissing ----Motorcycle every time.....even one with a sidecar....but ....what does that mean .....?:confused:

Each .....bloody hell that's a lot of ukes ....and a pizza box ? (your picture) to his own ....

@ WashAshore --hmmmm sounds like you may be hankering for a guitar more than a uke.....no problem ...The baritone (and I do not play one ,but do know my way round a guitar) is as you say two strings short of being a guitar.......the chord shapes therefore look similar but make different chords to the baby ukes so an inverted triangle of fingers in first position on a Sop C or T will be:


G I -0------
C I -2------
E I -1------
A I -2------- G7


D I -0------
G I -2------
B I -1------
E I -2------- D7 on a Baritone.........the scales are also slightly different.........

The playing styles will be different to a degree as well...the Sop and Concert ukes deliver a more punchy and staccato sound ....they can still ring out and sound like little mandolins, harps (Celtic not the great big thingies) and lyres in the right hands....but will never have the comparatively gravelly, more sedate and sombre tones of the Bari.....


To get the sound differences in a pleasant easy listening and informal surrounding try some of the videos on the Seasons of The Ukulele pages....there are all sorts of Bari and other tunes ....all played by real people ....so you will get some real honest and down to earth playing to compare the sound....

The extra two bass strings that you get with a guitar bring a whole new slew of different chording shapes and other things ......I don't know your age ...if you are still young then this should have no problem ....if you are an older person then the extra spread of the left hand to accommodate chords may become an issue....I have picked my uke again only fairly recently because it hurts quicker these days to chord on the guit .....and I'm only 55 !!....Yes Ancient to some !!

But anyhoo.......there you have tuppence worth of input....Bari or Guitar....both have the same voicings , chord shapes over four of the strings and tuning.....both would be interchangeable ....both would be my vote if you have the dosh .....both seem to play similar ....

Appalachian picker
02-20-2014, 02:45 AM
I've got bpoth a baritone ukulele and a regular size 6 string guitar. I originally thought about getting a 3/4 size guitar but realize that it's a compromise in sound and likely will leave you wondering what a full size guitar sounds like. I probably split my time 75/25 with the majority of the time spent playing my guitar because I like prefer the richer, more resonant sound that the low e and a strings provide.
I've though about getting a tenor guitar too.....the ease of 4 strings with a bigger sound box for a different sound.

And don't let age mess with you...I'm 52 and just learning.

CeeJay
02-20-2014, 02:56 AM
I've got bpoth a baritone ukulele and a regular size 6 string guitar. I originally thought about getting a 3/4 size guitar but realize that it's a compromise in sound and likely will leave you wondering what a full size guitar sounds like. I probably split my time 75/25 with the majority of the time spent playing my guitar because I like prefer the richer, more resonant sound that the low e and a strings provide.
I've though about getting a tenor guitar too.....the ease of 4 strings with a bigger sound box for a different sound.

And don't let age mess with you...I'm 52 and just learning.

All of the above is spot on , but mostly the last line ....I only refer to the age thang 'cos some of us do start to get twinges and aches around the later years.....mine are brought by relentlessly playing several instruments all badly but constantly ...never let age get in the way....just drive round it :cool:

CJ

DaleR
02-20-2014, 03:25 AM
BARITONE!!!! I do like the smaller guitars though too...have a fleet of them at my school!

ichadwick
02-20-2014, 03:37 AM
Tried a Tenor Guitar? Four strings, lots of different tuning options, including ones that have Uke fingering



I'd suggest either a tenor guitar (I have a couple) or even a guitarlele like Yamaha makes.

CeeJay
02-20-2014, 04:35 AM
I'd suggest either a tenor guitar (I have a couple) or even a guitarlele like Yamaha makes.

..Oh do they ? ...are we not sailing dang - eroosly close to the 6 string banjo, gitjo , banjitar type of disapproval, mish-mash and hybridism waters of arguments here?

Brave suggestion though....good one.

mds725
02-20-2014, 10:34 AM
I have baritone ukuleles, a tenor guitar tuned DGBE, and two six string guitars, a used Taylor mini and a Breedlove dreadnaught, with which I spent most of last year taking group guitar lessons. I'm adequately proficient on the four strings instruments. I've learned to a number of first position chords on the six stringed guitars and had to interrupt my guitar class just as we were getting to up-the-neck barre chords. Because I'm one of those people who started my foray into stringed instruments with ukulele because a classical guitar I've owned for many years always seemed to big and daunting, I tent to gravitate toward my four stringed instruments more than to my six stringed instruments, and the dreadnaught still feels unwieldly. What's cool about my tenor guitar (a steel string) is that it has a guitar sound to it without the extra strings, but it does have a higher voice because it doesn't have the two bass strings.

WashAshore
02-21-2014, 04:48 AM
I bought a baritone, sent it back, junk! Yesterday I ordered a 3/4 guitar. The only entertaining I'll be
doing is to myself, my Cockatiel and my Parakeet. They like to sing along. I think I'm going with a
decent tenor uke next. I already have the motorcycle and the hatch back!

mds725
02-21-2014, 05:40 AM
I bought a baritone, sent it back, junk! Yesterday I ordered a 3/4 guitar. The only entertaining I'll be
doing is to myself, my Cockatiel and my Parakeet. They like to sing along. I think I'm going with a
decent tenor uke next. I already have the motorcycle and the hatch back!

I hope you don't judge all baritones from the one you ordered. You didn't say what it was, but there are many fine, inexpensive baritones in the market, made by companies like Kala and Ohana and, for a bit more, Pono, among others.

Sanagi
02-21-2014, 07:10 PM
I have a baritone and a guitalele and I love them both, so that's no help at all!

I guess the difference is, on the guitalele, I can do classical guitar style things like accompanying myself with bass and harmony notes, but in a more comfortable size than a normal guitar. But when I pick up the baritone I find chord shapes and ideas I wouldn't on a six-string.