Tenor Guitar

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Playin’ by ear with chords is comin’ along but slowly. Mostly my problem is with timing. I can easily play both the melody and the chords, but I have trouble knowing when to play the chords without having the music in front of me. I did fairly well today though.
 

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Boy! Learnin’ new stuff when yer an old geezer is tough. I wonder if I had this much trouble when I was a boy.

I had a good session last night. The chords were falling into place so-so. I‘ve got some lyric sheets now to if they’ll help.
 

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I worked on fingerpicking by ear with chords tonight with my baritone uke. It’s tuned the same as my tenor guitar — DGBD.

I’m beginning to learn where and when to use them pretty well, and, of course, it’s not as difficult as I thought it was gonna be. Lately, I find myself playing more and more by ear on some of my other string instruments. Maybe I’ll be able to give up sheet music. That would be great because I just can’t seem to make my fingers do what my eyes tell them to. My memory is not much help any more either.

If I can learn to play by ear as well as I whistle or sing, I‘ll be satisfied.
 
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Played well by ear today — Ol’ Cowboy Tunes — with CHORDS!

I had a really good day today, with both my mandolin and my tenor guitar. I find myself, more and more, playing by ear. I just can’t seem to put my fingers where the written music tells me to. It must be an old guy thing.
 

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I picked up the Circle Strings tenor guitar that was on here a couple months ago. I have it tuned D,G,B,E but am getting a little burned out on the tuning as I have other baritones , though in nylon, tuned Chicago

Was thinking on trying octave mandolin tuning G,D,A,E or reg. TG tuning. What steel strings are you using for yours Dick? I know Ry Cooder has a scale guage for TG strings so was thinking on ordering single string guages for both TG and mandolin tuning. Any suggestions?
 

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Hi, Patrick, my Kala TG is tuned D G B D, and my Blueridge TG is tuned C G B D for Plectrum guitar tunes. I tuned it once before to G D A E and it sounded horrible. I read somewhere that sometimes that happens, and one has to fix it, but I don’t remember how.

I used D’Addario 42, 30, 20, 12 (11?) singles — I THINK! However, as I said before, they sounded awful. I still have a set of the afore mentioned ones, but I don’t know if I’ll try ‘em again. I’m happy with ‘em the way they are.