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    Default Linear or regular tuning?

    So, I have three ukuleles. A concert, a soprano, and tenor.

    I decided to experiment with low g tuning on my concert by putting on an extra c string I had and tuning it to a low g. I like it so far, so I ordered a low g string for my concert.

    I believe both tunings, low g or high g, have advantages and disadvantages. There was a song I couldnt play with regular tuning because the notes went below c on occasion. I can now play it with low g tuning.

    HOWEVER, I can't play other songs that call for a high g easily. Probably because I need practice with the low g tuning.

    In my opinion, I should have one ukulele with high g tuning and one with low g tuning.

    What do you guys prefer? Low g or high g?

    Just curious.

    Jared

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    If you have multiple ukuleles (and many, if not most of us do), you should have at least one tuned Low "G". Unless you don't want to, of course.
    Larry

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    If by 'regular', you mean re-entrant, I play only re-entrant. I do have my wallhanger strung lo G, but i only play one song with it. There have been several threads about this very topic.
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    All low G players that I know also own and play at least one high G ukulele. The reverse is not true.

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    My preference is to have one of each, (or maybe a couple of each. LOL.)

    Some things I play require low g, and others sound better with high g. I'm fortunate that I can have more than one ukulele, and simply switch between them as desired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    My preference is to have one of each, (or maybe a couple of each. LOL.)

    Some things I play require low g, and others sound better with high g. I'm fortunate that I can have more than one ukulele, and simply switch between them as desired.
    That's what I was thinking. Some songs I play require a low-g.

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    Among my soprano and 2 tenors I have re-entrant tuning on the acoustic soprano and tenor. The acoustic electric tenor is in linear baritone tuning. I’m a guitarist and sometimes use it instead of a guitar. You may have to experiment a little with your low strings - especially, if like me, you don’t like the wound low strings. Linear may also cause you to need a head nut adjustment - the slot may not accommodate a broader string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    What do you guys prefer? Low g or high g?

    Just curious.

    Jared
    What do I prefer? Linear by a long shot. But it is a no-brainer to have one of each. I mainly have both tunings out of respect of the tradition. I occasionally use my re-entrant Kamaka just to hear a different inversion of the chords I usually play (or to see how it feels to only finger pick three strings).

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    Almost all of my ukes are low 'G'.
    I only keep re entrant around for strumming a few tunes now & then, I mainly pick tunes.
    But I do sometimes strum on the low 'G' as well, if I'm croaking out a song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    In my opinion, I should have one ukulele with high g tuning and one with low g tuning.

    What do you guys prefer? Low g or high g?
    And one in high D and low D baritone tuning, low reentrant cuatro tuning, Bb reentrant, .....

    I don't have an overall preference as they all have a place.
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    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
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    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
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