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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    In the original tuning CGDA you can also play viola music, although violinists always hog the good parts
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    I’ve been playin’ finger style on my baritone uke and tenor guitars for quite a while now, and I find it easy peasy with dots, or tabs, or by ear. But lately I’m workin’ on addin’ chords, and things have drastically changed. With the added chords, I use tab. It’s just easier for me to read them.

    I’ve been down strumming chords when the melody is high enough and just don’t use a chord for low notes. But now, I’ve read in my handy “Ukuleles for Dummies” that I can up strum on the low notes. So that answers a question I had ‘bout chords for the low notes, and now I’m ready to charge ahead. Actually, I am improvin’, but I must admit that chords are not my forte’.

    Do, those of you who play finger style, use chords too? Or do you just pick melodies? I think tunes sound lots better with chords.
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    I started James Hill's course but didnt get far. I think it was in that course he said that the notes that stand out in a chord are

    1. the highest note
    2. The last note
    3. the lowest note
    4. the first note

    Somewhat in that order (not sure about 3 and 4), so last note as a high note stands out the most but low note as the last note would work somewhat too, as you describe. Low note as the first note is going to be relatively indistinct from the rest of the chord.

    He often plays only 2-3 strings of a chord so that the melody note is the last high note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryS View Post
    Tenor guitar is tuned EADG with steel strings
    Most common TG tuning is CGDA. DGBE (Chicago), is not uncommon nor is GDAE (Irish) but the most conventional, original tuning is CGDA, as the TG arose as a replacement for the banjo. I started on baritone uke in DGBE tuning and I still like it. I experimented with GCEA long ago (thought it would be easier to be in sync with other ukes) but it just didn’t seem to suit. It lost it’s mellow guitar quality. I like my tenor in Irish tuning, though I don’t play Celtic music. I primarily play bluegrass and like my tenor guitar tuned like a mandolin only lower. It’s good for lead work and deeper sounding than CGDA. I’d say CGDA has a sweeter sound, GDAE a grittier sound. The tenor guitar does sound good DGBE, with it’s closer harmonies but I prefer the fifths tuning. When I want to sound like a guitar, I play guitar or DGBE tuned baritone uke.

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    I play my baritone tuned DGBE and recently changed the tuning of my tenor ukulele to DGBE. The low, mellow sound cannot be beat. Locating music to play is not problem. I tried but I just do not like high G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyf View Post
    Most common TG tuning is CGDA. DGBE (Chicago), is not uncommon nor is GDAE (Irish) but the most conventional, original tuning is CGDA, as the TG arose as a replacement for the banjo. I started on baritone uke in DGBE tuning and I still like it. I experimented with GCEA long ago (thought it would be easier to be in sync with other ukes) but it just didn’t seem to suit. It lost it’s mellow guitar quality. I like my tenor in Irish tuning, though I don’t play Celtic music. I primarily play bluegrass and like my tenor guitar tuned like a mandolin only lower. It’s good for lead work and deeper sounding than CGDA. I’d say CGDA has a sweeter sound, GDAE a grittier sound. The tenor guitar does sound good DGBE, with it’s closer harmonies but I prefer the fifths tuning. When I want to sound like a guitar, I play guitar or DGBE tuned baritone uke.
    Do you need several TGs to have these different tunings or can you use the same strings to tune down or up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinlover View Post
    Do you need several TGs to have these different tunings or can you use the same strings to tune down or up?
    One can tune a TG to CGDA and DGBE with the same strings, but GDAE needs a different size. I use DGBE on mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinlover View Post
    Do you need several TGs to have these different tunings or can you use the same strings to tune down or up?
    You need different strings for these different tunings CGDA is a higher voicing and therefore thinner strings than GDAE. DGBE is 4ths & a 3rd tuning, so it covers much less range than those fifths tuning and so it needs strings with closer diameters than CGDE or GDAE sets. For DGBE you can use 4 of the six reg.guitar strings, if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyf View Post
    You need different strings for these different tunings CGDA is a higher voicing and therefore thinner strings than GDAE. DGBE is 4ths & a 3rd tuning, so it covers much less range than those fifths tuning and so it needs strings with closer diameters than CGDE or GDAE sets. For DGBE you can use 4 of the six reg.guitar strings, if you like.
    Hi, bunnyf, I was told on another forum that the same strings can be used for both CGDA and DGBE. I’ve used both tunings, and they played okay as far as I can tell.

    I dunno . . . but thanks for your input.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyf View Post
    Most common TG tuning is CGDA. DGBE (Chicago), is not uncommon nor is GDAE (Irish) but the most conventional, original tuning is CGDA, as the TG arose as a replacement for the banjo. I started on baritone uke in DGBE tuning and I still like it. I experimented with GCEA long ago (thought it would be easier to be in sync with other ukes) but it just didn’t seem to suit. It lost it’s mellow guitar quality. I like my tenor in Irish tuning, though I don’t play Celtic music. I primarily play bluegrass and like my tenor guitar tuned like a mandolin only lower. It’s good for lead work and deeper sounding than CGDA. I’d say CGDA has a sweeter sound, GDAE a grittier sound. The tenor guitar does sound good DGBE, with it’s closer harmonies but I prefer the fifths tuning. When I want to sound like a guitar, I play guitar or DGBE tuned baritone uke.
    Hmm from what I've discovered online, tenor guitar was always tuned EADG by default. There's a fb group for TG and baritone uke and they clearly state EADG as the most common tuning, something which I'd already heard about via google
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