View Full Version : Instruments to accompany ukulele/guilele. What keys?

06-27-2014, 04:40 PM
I'd really like to get some other basic instruments to layer audio with my guilele and ukulele. Things like wind instruments, flutes, etc. But with my musical theory as lacking as it is, I really don't know what to choose when various keys are offered for said instruments. I tune my guilele to either ADGCEA, or GDGCEA, and my ukuleles are low G and high G.

Maybe I should invest more time in music theory....

Any help appreciated, thanks,

Jim Hanks
06-27-2014, 04:48 PM
D tin whistle, C (soprano) or F (alto) recorder, harmonica (C, G, D, A are common keys) come to mind.

06-27-2014, 05:08 PM
The songs for (low or high) G C E A ukulele will be in the same key for flute or soprano/tenor recorder, also piano/electric keyboards. Dulcimer plays a lot in the keys of D and G, so pairing with ukulele is fairly easy. I see a lot of people using mallet instruments - like xylophone and the little kiddie type mallet instruments. All of these are keyed in C usually.

Clarinet/trumpet is in the key of Bb and has to transpose up one step. So, if your song is in C, their song will be in the key of D.

Alto sax is in the key of Eb and has to transpose up six steps. So, if you are in the key of C, the sax will play in the key of A. If you are playing in the key of F, the sax will be in the key of D.

06-27-2014, 10:14 PM
Everything the others have said, plus maybe a good-quality ocarina for something a little more esoteric-looking. I can recommend Mountain Ocarinas http://www.mountainsocarina.com/b/ or Charlie Hind http://hindocarina.com/ from personal experience ... doubtless there are others. As ocarinas have a limited musical range, for maximum versatility, I'd suggest an instrument in C, to match the lowest available note on a re-entrantly tuned ukulele.

Of course, if you want to get really wierd ... maybe a pibgorn http://www.pibgorn.co.uk/gallery.html or a bagpipe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srd-_mZRtwc :rolleyes:

06-28-2014, 11:19 AM
That's the first time I've heard ocarinas sound good. Very cool!