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Thread: "...in standard tuning (re-entrant C)" <-- What does this mean?

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    Default "...in standard tuning (re-entrant C)" <-- What does this mean?

    I found a song that I would like to learn and it has this description regarding the tuning:

    "...in standard tuning (re-entrant C)"

    Could someone help me to understand what this means? I play a concert ukulele and the strings are GCEA with the high G. Does this mean I need to change my G to a C? If so, would it be a C that is higher or lower than the G? Thanks!
    Last edited by pandabean; 04-26-2013 at 02:34 AM. Reason: typo
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    As per my understanding, the ukulele is tuned in the key of C. You are correct that it is GCEA, and the G is a higher pitch than the C. Re-entrant means that the strings are not tuned in a descending order.

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    GCEA with the high G is standard tuning ( re-entrant C) . The third string from the bottom is C so you are in the key of C . You don't have to change anything.

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    Standard tuning, reentrant C is what you have.

    Best written as, gCEA. The lower case g designates reentrant g or high g. When you see GCEA written it usually means "low" G or linear tuning.

    gcea is considered "C" tuning. a,d,f#,b is considered "D" tuning.

    Anthony

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    Awesome! So I don't have to change anything. Thanks, everyone, for your explanation. I learned something new today.
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