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    I keep nearly buying one, then changing my mind. You'd stand out if you were playing in a group, but that just isn't a good enough reason.

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    I once had a nice Mya-Moe 6 string. Ultimately I decided that a 8 string would suit me more. The person I sold it to played in a duo with a guitarist. From numerous sources I discovered that a 6 string Uke compliments the sound of a guitar.
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    I got mine when I went for an 8 string. I was persuaded to try a 6 string and ended up buying it instead. It came tuned high G and octave C & A. It was the octave A that won me over. I find it great for strummed accompaniment. I now have it tuned down to DGBE with high D and octave G & E which I find works well. I later got an 8 string and I now have it tuned unison high g and octave C & A to capture a similar strummed effect.
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    **6 stringers**

    I'm intrigued by a 6-string with the doubled C and A strings. How would you compare the ease and feel of play with such a 6-string and a regular 4-string? Is it more difficult to play or relatively the same? Is the feel of play notably different or is it about the same? Is it notably different getting clean notes having to hold down the paired strings?
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    I play on 6 string ukulele (Lanikai ULU 6E) g-cC-e-Aa

    I'm trying to use the 6 string ukulele as a solo instrument. Here tabs. Page 103-106 http://osos.sweb.cz/preview-ukulele.pdf

    On this line you will find an explanation "legend" of tablature for the 6 string ukulele.

    And here is a old youtube (2012).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV0xf64Dt48
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5H-C0RFg70
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX2K4l6Fa78

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    And 6 string ukulele with cut capo (2015)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoighH5-sAU
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    Thanks Ondrej that is a creative way to use the Lili'u.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Thanks Ondrej that is a creative way to use the Lili'u.
    I enjoyed inspiring. I hope this style of play takes hold.
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    My Pineapple Sunday is a six-stringer, set up with a gcCeaA tuning. I bought it because I played a ton of Pineapple Sundays that week (including Pop's personal pyrography PS!) and this used six-stringer that I found at HMS just stood out head and shoulders above the rest. None were bad -- I love the spruce of the modern models, and Pop's UkeSA models are great too, but the six stringer paired with the tight, projecting body that the PS has makes for a special combo. It definitely has more of a mid-range, small-body punch to the tone that you'd expect from any of the PS models, but that low A string gives the tone a lot of fullness when strumming and a lot of character to play around with when fingerpicking.

    You kind of have to approach the six stringer as it's own thing -- which feels pretty niche, but actually opened up a few more doors to me than I thought I had before. Last night I was noodling around on some pretty typical slack-key chord progressions and it was the absolute perfect tone to pull more of that out of me in the moment. Instead of true fingerpicking like I would on my Kamaka, I usually do some strum/pick hybrid as I bounce around the fretboard, and that playing style just leads me down completely different roads. The other effect of having the a strings coursed is it really mellows out the top string, so the melody I play (if I keep more or less to the A string as I'm strum/picking the melody) ends up feeling much fuller and more intentional when played at volume, where some of those higher notes can get lost when I do the same on my Kamaka.

    I definitely think everyone should at least play one to see how it fits! The only six stringer I ever had on my radar before I bought my Koaloha was the Kamaka, which I still love but probably won't purchase in the future since I've scratched my six string itch. Pops said he thinks he's made fewer than 10 of the Pineapple Sundays as six stringers though, which is a bummer since I think the shape/size and tone really works perfectly with the six string setup.
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