- Mar 14, 2014
I'm looking at baritones. Seriously looking at them.
You would think so, but it can still happen.
Did you know that a short scale tenor banjo can be strung JUST LIKE a ukulele? With "A" at 440Hz and everything.
That leads to solid body electric ukes, and eventually to tenor guitars.
It's a slippery slope. One minute you're just minding your own business, enjoying the Five Foot Two, the next thing you know you buying wah wah pedals and trying to figure out Smoke on the Water.
Baritones are gateway instruments. Once you play one, you want to look at tenor guitars. Then parlor guitars and 5-string banjos! Before you know it, you have a 12-string guitar in your hands! Resist! Resist!
A little less than twenty four hours later and a baritone is on the way. Actually it has been sitting in my Sweetwater wish list for a couple months. I've been playing ukulele for a while but I took up the guitar a year ago last Christmas. So right away people were telling me how to play a guitar like a ukulele, which at the time was the last thing I wanted to do. While the guitar has evolved and eclipsed the uke, I still want to stay in the ukulele community. I like ukulele people. I really like playing with my ukulele group, playing at ukulele festivals, busking with the uke, doing downtown gigs and the senior center circuit with my ukulele friends. But switching back and forth has become cumbersome and especially when I'm under the gun. So maybe the baritone is a good fit right now. A ukulele that plays like a guitar. We will see I guess.
I was encouraged by several people to play bari when I told them that I had tried and failed to learn to play guitar. (They were, of course, baritone players themselves.) I looked at all of the resources and training materials available for ukulele and noticed the plethora of GCEA tuning information and the dearth of DGBE and declined. I have a hard enough time remembering C6 tuning and not get overly confused. Let alone trying a different one.