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    Probably the easiest way would indeed be having a spare low-g string at hand and swap the g-strings as needed. Other than that: take two ukes.
    And consider switching to concert size for travel
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    Where in the song does it say "return to low G" and what song are you referring too?
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    Not Return to low G, Tune to low G. My bad.

    In The Hawaiian Ukulele Songbook it says "Tune 4th string to low G" at the beginning of a song, making it sound like, at least to me, you can go from one to the other without swapping ukes or strings
    Last edited by padlin; 01-09-2018 at 09:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by padlin View Post
    Not Return to low G, Tune to low G. My bad.

    In The Hawaiian Ukulele Songbook it says "Tune 4th string to low G" at the beginning of a song, making it sound like, at least to me, you can go from one to the other without swapping ukes or strings
    Thanks for clarifying, I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes. Doesn't sound like there's an easy answer beyond taking two ukes. Maybe a double uke bag like this?
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/ukecr...bag-tenor.html
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    I'll just take one, have a week to decide on G or g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by padlin View Post
    making it sound like, at least to me, you can go from one to the other without swapping ukes or strings
    That's definitely impossible - as you can easily try: attach your tuner to the uke, start tuning down any string and see how far you come without losing playability and the least bit of halfway decent sound...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis0815 View Post
    That's definitely impossible - as you can easily try: attach your tuner to the uke, start tuning down any string and see how far you come without losing playability and the least bit of halfway decent sound...
    I've tuned down from GCEA to DGBE in the past to test whether the uke will sound OK in the lower tuning. The result was playable but the tension was too low for long term use and once I was satisfied the lower tuning would work, I changed the strings for a more suitable set.

    You can get away with tuning down but a third is probably about the limit amd even then you need to start with a high tension set. You also need to give the strings time to settle properly just as you would with new strings. Tuning down a an octave is not really viable. I've occasionaly not tuned new strings up enough and it was because they were so floppy that I realised that I needed to tune up further.
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    Another option would be to get yourself a 5 string tenor, as they have both a high and low g, and practice picking the one you want. Here's an example of one:

    http://worldofukes.co.uk/tenor-ukule...-tenor-ukulele

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    A young chap in our 'Beginners Workshop' some years back,
    fancied trying Low G on his concert scale; we sorted some
    strings out for him and at the next meeting asked how he
    was finding the change. He said the 'extra tension' was hard
    to handle. I pointed out that a Low G should be LESS tension.
    Yes, he had fitted a Low G string, but then tuned up to 'normal'
    re-entrant G pitch! His neck was visibly bowing under the strain!
    I quickly retuned his instrument to what it ought to have been.
    After all that drama, he did not like Low G and reverted (with a
    string change) to 'normal' re-entrant tuning!
    All power and respect to you Concert,Tenor and Baritone players, but Soprano is what does it for me every time!

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