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    Here's a snippet.
    I know a gentleman in North Wales who knew George and he claims that George altered the standard tuning on one string by half a tone for some of his songs.

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    Member spookefoote is a dear friend of mine and he lives just around the corner from george's old place....it's a six degrees of separation thing, you know....anything to feel close to the great man will do me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Ukulista View Post
    Here's a snippet.
    I know a gentleman in North Wales who knew George and he claims that George altered the standard tuning on one string by half a tone for some of his songs.
    Any ideas on 'special tuning'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnobianchi View Post
    CGEA, ADF#B, and BbEbGC .
    These were the three most popular tunings of the era, based at least on the number of times they show up on sheet music of that era.
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    But has anyone else tried playing along yet? I swear he's playing in DGBE +1.

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    I got to speak to the old guy in North Wales who knew George Formby.
    He finally told me that I should try G C E A tuning but
    the C should be an octave higher. (change C strings and try methinks).
    Any one tried this?

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    I've always argued that Cleaning Windows is in C and played by Formby in C tuning. Sometimes old film ain't played at the correct speed you know. Could account for some of the views on "mystical" tunings.
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    I changed a string last night, low C to high C (using a Worth A string for high C).
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    Ok, current theory - DGBE tuned uke with a high D AND G string plus film running slightly fast to bring key up to G#.

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