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wildfire070
03-03-2014, 10:43 AM
With a pocket uke that's tuned to ADF#B, would I still play it with the same chord shapes as with standard tuning?

Icelander53
03-03-2014, 10:52 AM
I think not. Not according to the ukulele chord finder I just checked.

connor013
03-03-2014, 11:21 AM
I say yes!

None of the shapes has changed, only the names have.

So, your C (3000) is now a D. Your B (2234) is a C. And so on. If you're playing by yourself it's no worries. If you're in a group you have some transposing to do.

acmespaceship
03-03-2014, 11:43 AM
Yes, the same chord shapes. Since every string is tuned one whole step up from standard GCEA, when you play the fingering for a G-major chord (standard tuning) the pocket uke will play an A-major chord.

Here's a chart: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/9860962/Uke-Chord-Chart-adfb

For many years on the U.S. mainland, ADF#B was considered standard soprano tuning. Many players still prefer to tune sopranos this way.

If you're playing alone and not concerned about what key you're in, just play the pocket uke the same as you play a GCEA uke. You'll be playing in a higher key, that's all. If you're playing with others then you'll need to play the correct chords, which means learning the new chord chart or transposing on the fly.

Icelander53
03-03-2014, 11:57 AM
Oh I get it. I just learned something new. Thanks for setting me straight. :bowdown:

wildfire070
03-03-2014, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the info! I just started a couple of months ago so I'm still learning. I have a Mainland concert but picked up a pocket uke because....heck, its adorable. As a beginner, I didn't want to venture into transposing just yet so I'm glad that I can still use the same chord shapes and that they're just a step higher.

actadh
03-03-2014, 02:29 PM
Good question. As a newbie, I wondered about that myself. They sure are cute and it is good to know that one can still play the same way.

Enjoy your pocket uke - which one do you have?

wildfire070
03-05-2014, 06:49 AM
I actually got one off ebay from Bruce Wei. It was a pretty good price for a solid acacia koa pocket uke, looks great, and after a set up it plays well too...at least to my ears, but then again, I'm fairly new to ukes so that's probably not saying much.

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