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    Default How confusing is it to switch between different sizes?

    So, Iím blessed with tenors, concerts, and sopranos.

    The one at work is a concert and my best instruments tend to be tenors. Am I making it harder on myself and my muscle memory to switch between different fretboard scale lengths?

    Does anyone else do this or do you all just stick to one scale length?

    Just curious.

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    I don't do this, well not in public.
    I do use my banjouke on certain songs during our gigs, and that swap makes me play a little squirrely, at first.
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    I stick to one size. Music is hard enough without making it harder.

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    I switch between concert and tenor, mostly tenor, but it's not really a problem. Of course, when I switch I have that split second when I am a bit off with my finger placement, but it's a quick adjust. I play both sizes a lot, so I have the muscle memory for both to be able to adjust I think.
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    I own a soprano, 2 concerts, a tenor, and a guitalele. Swapping takes a minute or so to adjust but it's not a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    I own a soprano, 2 concerts, a tenor, and a guitalele. Swapping takes a minute or so to adjust but it's not a big deal.
    Ditto. I rotate through my stable of sopranino, soprano, and concert size ukes regularly. It takes a minute or two to sort out, and a few more glances down at your side fret markers.
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    I switch between the different sizes. It doesn't seem to be an issue for the folks playing on the Hawaii Music Site or the Ukulele Friend site. We regularly see Corey Fujimoto, Kalei Gamiao, or Kimo Hussey playing various size ukuleles. Enjoy and Happy Strumming. :-)

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    I switch between a long scale classical guitar—664mm—432mm scale tenor ukulele and 508mm baritone while teaching and performing without problems. You need to practice for a few months so your brain maps each fingerboard and you can instantly switch between different scale lengths without a thought or buzz.

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    I play only tenor ukes with cutaway, but I also play bass uke in sizes from 21" to 24" scale, which only takes me a few minutes to get comfortable from one to the other. I rotate between my 23 basses constantly because my uke group meets twice a week.


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    The main difference is when you play at the high end of the fretboard (above the 8th fret or so). Accurately reaching from the 1st fret to the 8th fret is much easier for me on a soprano (depends on your hand size, of course). On the other hand, if you're playing past the 12th fret, the frets on a soprano may be too small and awkward to use (if they exist at all on your ukulele).

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