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    I consider the baritone ukulele to be a small (concert? Soprano?) guitar at least somewhat similar to a tenor guitar, and that’s the way I play it. The baritone is “Chicago” tuned similar to a tenor guitar. It’s tuning is confusingly different than a ukulele, though, of course, easy to figger out if one tries. Yet, I notice that many UUers tune their baritone ukes to GCEA instead of just playing a tenor uke.

    I like to play the baritone uke because of it’s Aquila strings and small, couch friendly size. It’s a nice change from a big banjo or tenor guitar.

    Anyway, whadaya think?
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    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

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    When I first got my baritone uke I had a hard time memorizing the chord “names”, shapes are similar just a different name. I think that is why people tune them GCEA instead of DGBE. I love the deep mellow sound of the baritone, very guitar like. So I would think in terms of a tenor tuned instrument for the chord “shapes”. A baritone G is formed like a tenor C, a D like a G, an A like a D. I then started in on six string guitar and now I think in guitar chords for a baritone and can mentally switch to uke chords for GCEA tuned ukuleles
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I like baritones. I have a Harmony baritone tuned GCEA, and I built a tenor guitar for nylon strings and tuned it DGBE. I'm currently building a baritone for steel strings to be tuned DGBE. Just some different approaches to my musical family.

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    Just noticed you were posting as I was. I'm not that great of a player, but the different tunings cause me no grief. I play guitar a lot in church, and one of my favorite worship guitarists uses a capo a lot in songs he writes. I got used to capoing on 5 on some songs, so learning uke chord voicings has not been a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyturley View Post
    I like baritones. I have a Harmony baritone tuned GCEA, and I built a tenor guitar for nylon strings and tuned it DGBE. I'm currently building a baritone for steel strings to be tuned DGBE. Just some different approaches to my musical family.
    The steel string sounds like an interesting project.

    I have an old Gianinni baritone with a 19” scale length that I have tuned to GCEA in the past. It is back to DGBE

    To answer your question Dick it the baritone at GCEA become a super super tenor. The larger body and long scale length gives a bigger more resonant sound.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I have several 19" scale instruments in various tunings. At the moment, this includes DGBE, EbAbCF, FBbDG (this one is a 6-string guilele), and cFAD (reentrant, super tenor). As I've written before, I think of all of them as if they were GCEA (i.e. as transposing instruments) even though none of them are actually GCEA at this time.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant

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    Well, Jim. I have enough transposing with my 5 string banjos. I like to pick up an instrument, see what key the tune is in and whale away.

    Now, if could just get Irish musicians to play medleys instead of playin’ the same darned tune over and over and over.

    Anyway, I think the baritone ukulele is a different instrument from the sopranos, concerts and tenors. I enjoy playin’ it, and I don’t play the others much anymore.
    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

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I play baritone for two reasons -- I love the sound of it, and because it has adequate spacing between frets for me. Smaller-sized ukuleles are hard for me to play cleanly because the frets are too close together, particularly as you get up the fingerboard. I have one baritone tuned DGBE, the usual way, and another tuned ADF#B. I come at it from a guitar background, as I've played guitar my whole life.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Yeah, I like the baritone a lot too. I’m surprised that you tune a baritone ADF#B. That’s where I have my best soprano tuned.

    I tuned my old one to CGBD to play Plectrum tunes, and the low C will speak good enough for me.

    I’m hoping to learn lots more from my new Baritone Tenor Guitar Group. I need lotsa help.



    Strike the first line, second sentence. I goofed — sorry.
    Last edited by Down Up Dick; 02-15-2020 at 05:26 AM.
    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

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Right, there's all kindsa tunings you can do on these. I have one of my baris in ADF#B because I play classical music on the baris, and I find that some pieces are easier to "fit" into one tuning or the other, depending on what key the piece of music is in. Some of the classical music "fits" better in a lower tuning, and some fits better in the higher tuning. So I have flexibility in which tuning I can use, for any given piece of music. Works for me!
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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