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    What does chord strumming in fifths sound like? I had heard it was a bit thin and better to stay DGBE (or GCEA) if that was your style but i am thinking about switching to fifths even though i dont play melodies.

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    I like the logic and symmetry of fifths tuning. It's great for moving chords both across and up and down the fretboard. Great for finding the melody notes too and makes it easy to move keys. It does give you a different sound than all the other guitars or ukes playing. If I'm playing all alone just singing and strumming, then I like the close harmony of gcea or dgbe tuning. If you are not gonna do any chord/melody, solo fingerpicking or the like, I wouldn't bother to learn a new tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    What does chord strumming in fifths sound like? I had heard it was a bit thin and better to stay DGBE (or GCEA) if that was your style but i am thinking about switching to fifths even though i dont play melodies.
    It's easy enough to try fifths. Aquila makes a GDAE string set for soprano ukes and a CDGA set that's good on concert and tenor ukes. If one likes it,great. If not, consider it just a fun experiment.

    For me I've found the fifths chording is easier on the fingers - less stretching. Most of my play is usually within the first 5 frets and rarely do I barre-chord. Fifths tuning is just comfortable.
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    Though I agree pretty much with Steve, I’m also likin’ DGBE a lot lately. It fits better with my 5 stringers, and it’s a whiz to fret. Fifths is better with Irish and Classical, and I use both tunings for folk and gospel by ear. I also use staff music for some stuff without chords.

    I find string instruments and piano a lot more difficult than wind instruments, mostly because of the chords.
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    Thanks guys, six string barre chords have hurt my shoulder (rotates cuff, biceps tendinitis I think) so really looking at a tenor now. Wondering about rather than DGBE going for ADGB. Anyone tried that or GDGB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    Thanks guys, six string barre chords have hurt my shoulder (rotates cuff, biceps tendinitis I think) so really looking at a tenor now. Wondering about rather than DGBE going for ADGB. Anyone tried that or GDGB?
    The good this is...any tuning you like is fine. I've tried several. As long as you stay within the acoustic range of the instrument (e.g., no screechy sounds) the instrument doesn't care. I knew a guitarist who tuned some combo nobody knew. He said it kept folk from borrowing his stuff and thus kept his stuff from accidents.
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    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
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    * CGDA reentrant, **DAEB, ***GDAE, The rest are CGDA

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    I just the E A D G strings from a guitar set tuned up to A D F# B on this tenor guitar. It has a very robust sound ~

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1aVESYcB1Q

    On the Mann electric tenor/baritone I'm tuned ~ E A C# F#

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo1fsCGIQ0g
    Last edited by Mezcalero; 01-02-2020 at 01:44 AM.

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    I'm very interested in a tenor guitar and also wondering if it would work with reentrant (gCEA) as well as the uke. Kinda like a bass to uke like a bass guitar is to regular guitar? At least a little longer scale tenor?

    I would like to master only one thing (at a time) - and if I did get bored, I could always file the 4th slot of the nut...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupu View Post
    I'm very interested in a tenor guitar and also wondering if it would work with reentrant (gCEA) as well as the uke. Kinda like a bass to uke like a bass guitar is to regular guitar? At least a little longer scale tenor?
    Maybe check out U-basses, size of a uke but mighty sound of a regular bass guitar. They need an amp, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Maybe check out U-basses, size of a uke but mighty sound of a regular bass guitar. They need an amp, though.
    Yeah, basses are an option but I think I'd like a strummable instrument. And to my understanding, it doesn't help either to restring an ubass, since the scale length is that of a bari uke.

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