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    I have 5 ukes all in high G. I sold my tenor that was low-g never really used it. I also play guitar so never felt the need for a low-g uke.

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    People that think (usually beginners) that a lo G setup sounds good strummed bother me. I played a concert scale uke strung up lo G today that sounded awful. But I have one that sounds pretty good, plucking three strings at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    Would like opinions on Low G tuning compared to High G Tuning.
    Totally personal preference. General advice: if it's your first uke, or you are still new to uke, stick with high G as most online tutorials and resources will be with high G in mind. If you are coming from guitar to uke, then consider a baritone uke (easiest transition from guitar to uke) or low g which keeps the linear tuning you would be used to with a guitar.

    Ideally, and again personal preference, it's cool to have multiple ukes with different tunings so you can options. I have found that most of my ukes sound great with their standard tuning while some, to me, sound better with alternate tuning.

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    My go to uke is low G still have a high g though. My 8 string is both at the same time. Like low g for picking, extra notes come in handey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    People that think (usually beginners) that a lo G setup sounds good strummed bother me. I played a concert scale uke strung up lo G today that sounded awful. But I have one that sounds pretty good, plucking three strings at a time.
    It’s not just beginners who think this, and I agree, reentrant sounds better strummed, and is easier to strum as well. You have to have a different attack with low G, too. But I’ve liked both at various times, and I have some low G arrangements I like a lot.

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    Strumming on low G is fun too, just different to play, and different sounding, a bit more guitar-like, IMO. It sounds less like the happy reentrant uke sound that some folks prefer, but nothing wrong with it. Didn't Bruddah Iz strum low G quite often?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Strumming on low G is fun too, just different to play, and different sounding, a bit more guitar-like, IMO. It sounds less like the happy reentrant uke sound that some folks prefer, but nothing wrong with it. Didn't Bruddah Iz strum low G quite often?
    https://youtu.be/R0xoMhCT-7A
    From what I hear, Iz performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow with low g.

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    Sorry for the double post. I tried to quote someone, and it somehow got all messed up.
    Last edited by CommonCurt; 12-29-2020 at 03:38 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient View Post
    I have tried the low G on a uke but always go back to high g. My baritone also has a high d. Makes the baritone sound so much better to me.
    I have a background in Classical Guitar but I don't want my ukes to sound like a guitar

    My thoughts exactly. Being a guitar player I automatically thought that I'd love a low-G strung tenor.
    It did sound good, but if I want to play something that sounds like a guitar I'll play one of my 6 strings.

    I am curious how my redwood topped concert would sound strung low-G. I love the way it sounds with high-G, but will probably try a low-G on it someday just to see.
    Last edited by CommonCurt; 12-29-2020 at 03:39 PM.
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    I don't have much more to add then has already been said. I prefer Low G because of the lower range, and like to play chord melody with it. However, I have a friend who plays chord melody on a High G uke. Just what you get used to. The only time I play High G is when I play clawhammer uke or just want to strum chords.

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