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    Quote Originally Posted by iamesperambient View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_P7znmhxY0

    sure has hell doesn't sound like a ukulele, and their playing
    them like mandolins i don't i just don't get it sorry :0
    Like everything, it's more than a couple guys clowning around for a video.

    I enjoy the fact that the playing of most of my stringed stuff helps improve left-hand action for those instruments. And I enjoy the sound, even if it isn't traditional. For now, it works.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Martin T1K (T)*, Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    Tuning: *Reentrant C CGDA. **DAEB. ***GDAE. The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    I think its cool when people do non-traditional things to find their own sound. I admire the way you integrated your uke into ambient, something I hadn't heard before. I bet you saw a lot of people roll their eyes at the thought of a ukulele in ambient music, but you stuck to your guns and created something pretty interesting. People who are trying alternate tunings to find their sound are doing the same thing. They may end creating something cool, too!
    GDAEing the four instrument types (maybe five, if soprano and concert are considered as separate types) started out as a "why not" experiment. The math wasn't hard, and Aquila already made it simple for soprano and concert ukuleles. GDAE (mandolin standard) tuned strings are readily found for tenor guitar and tenor banjo, and Aquila made it easy for soprano and concert ukulele with their 30U and 31U string sets.

    There is a sound difference due to a difference in two strings, but what hasn't changed is right-hand techniques. Chords are chords, but what the right hand does with them is where the ukulele is really different from mandolin, banjo and guitar. That combination does make the GDAE-tuned ukulele different, almost hybrid, but it really "rocks" when doing rock 'n roll and country stuff.

    I don't plan to keep both concerts GDAE. Will change one back to GCEA when I'm satisfied sound-wise which one is the better choice. Right now, the Mitchell has the edge, but that may change.

    I have a Flea soprano due in this coming week and will GDAE it when it comes in. Will do a sound comparison in a while between the Flea and the Mele to see which goes back to GCEA. The RISA will stay GDAE.

    It's fun (at least for me) to experiment like this. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't (GCEA and mandolin didn't). So far, this has for me.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Martin T1K (T)*, Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    Tuning: *Reentrant C CGDA. **DAEB. ***GDAE. The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamesperambient View Post
    I believe aquilla might even make a set for 5ths tuning.
    However i think 5ths sound awful on a ukulele. If you wanna play the uke learn to play the uke in 4ths, and if you want a mandolin play a mandolin.
    Hey

    I have had just about enough of your posturing rudeness.....So time for a little mano a mano straight talking......if you don't get other people experimenting with different tunings and trying out different instruments in different styles and stringings and tunings ...that's okay...don't get it and leave us/them alone.

    I personally don't "get" ambient droning music that I can't tap my foot to, or sing along with or hum afterwards...but until provoked I have not said anything rude ....and you have certainly provoked enough ...I rolled with the clown "gag" and insult and laughed with you and at myself...

    I have a sense of humour that could flay you in public like a peeled fruit...but I will refrain....because this is grown ups talking here ...Now do me a and the others a favour ...and jog on...


    I apologise to other posters if my little outburst has offended anyone else other than the intended recipient ...but it makes me so mad when people invoke the mahalo ahalo spirit (sorry if I have that wrong ) and then piss other people off willy nilly !!

    CeeJay

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    I think its cool when people do non-traditional things to find their own sound. I admire the way you integrated your uke into ambient, something I hadn't heard before. I bet you saw a lot of people roll their eyes at the thought of a ukulele in ambient music, but you stuck to your guns and created something pretty interesting. People who are trying alternate tunings to find their sound are doing the same thing. They may end creating something cool, too!
    thanks for the compliment !
    I see what you are saying I guess it's just hard for me to understand
    being I'm a multi instrumentalist and I
    don't understand why people can just learn
    to play but that's how art it I guess
    not everyone is going to understand
    same goes for what I do too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
    Hey

    I have had just about enough of your posturing rudeness.....So time for a little mano a mano straight talking......if you don't get other people experimenting with different tunings and trying out different instruments in different styles and stringings and tunings ...that's okay...don't get it and leave us/them alone.

    I personally don't "get" ambient droning music that I can't tap my foot to, or sing along with or hum afterwards...but until provoked I have not said anything rude ....and you have certainly provoked enough ...I rolled with the clown "gag" and insult and laughed with you and at myself...

    I have a sense of humour that could flay you in public like a peeled fruit...but I will refrain....because this is grown ups talking here ...Now do me a and the others a favour ...and jog on...


    I apologise to other posters if my little outburst has offended anyone else other than the intended recipient ...but it makes me so mad when people invoke the mahalo ahalo spirit (sorry if I have that wrong ) and then piss other people off willy nilly !!

    CeeJay
    Heres the difference i don't give a crap if you 'get' drone music or ambient music.
    I get it, i like it, i don't like taping my foot i don't like moving or dancing i like meditating
    though sound, and it removes all my stress, it brings you closer to nature to the earth
    and to your self. Thats what I like, and if others don't like it who cares it helps me
    i enjoy listening to it and making it. I still have a right to express my opinion about
    something i don't get mandolin tunings on a ukulele, it just doesn't really seem useful
    again thats my opinion. And you have a right to yours if you think my music is a boring or a waste
    no skin off my back I do it for me not you or anyone else.
    Current Ukes:
    Makala Shark Soprano (high g)
    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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    This thread started out trying to see who else is having (or not having) any success with GDAE tuning on soprano and concert ukuleles. Whether anyone "gets it" or not was not the question. Whether anyone can't stand any tuning formula other than GCEA was not the question.

    At this point, the question which started this thread is moot. The thread has gone from a routine inquiry to show-off smart-mouthing and elitism. So much for the "fun" of it all. The "opinions" added nothing to the discussion except dissent. You all win. Forget the question. GCEA forever!
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Martin T1K (T)*, Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    Tuning: *Reentrant C CGDA. **DAEB. ***GDAE. The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    This thread started out trying to see who else is having (or not having) any success with GDAE tuning on soprano and concert ukuleles. Whether anyone "gets it" or not was not the question. Whether anyone can't stand any tuning formula other than GCEA was not the question.

    At this point, the question which started this thread is moot. The thread has gone from a routine inquiry to show-off smart-mouthing and elitism. So much for the "fun" of it all. The "opinions" added nothing to the discussion except dissent. You all win. Forget the question. GCEA forever!
    no elitism or actual smart mouthing at all.
    I'm actually just trying to understand the purpose
    of tuning an instrument like another instrument when you already
    own that instrument, i really am trying to grasp the point of it.
    Sorry if I can off as rude not my intention. I will kindly duck out of this
    discussion and leave it to everyone else who uses this tuning. good day
    Current Ukes:
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    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    This thread started out trying to see who else is having (or not having) any success with GDAE tuning on soprano and concert ukuleles. Whether anyone "gets it" or not was not the question. Whether anyone can't stand any tuning formula other than GCEA was not the question.

    At this point, the question which started this thread is moot. The thread has gone from a routine inquiry to show-off smart-mouthing and elitism. So much for the "fun" of it all. The "opinions" added nothing to the discussion except dissent. You all win. Forget the question. GCEA forever!
    Nah, come back , Steve ...it's as much my fault. I was venting at iamesperambient and his attitude ...I should have acted like a grown up and ignored the comments he made....and unfortunately he and I have some history where he has been rude and disparaging in other threads ...Sorry the bubble burst here.

    There is a valid point to all this messing about with different tunings though .....otherwise we would not get different or alternate and open tunings on instruments...and whilst I have not tried GDAE on a uke yet I have my eye on one of mine for a quick make over .... a little innocent slightly battered soprano....
    I'll keep you posted.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
    Nah, come back , Steve ...it's as much my fault. I was venting at iamesperambient and his attitude ...I should have acted like a grown up and ignored the comments he made....and unfortunately he and I have some history where he has been rude and disparaging in other threads ...Sorry the bubble burst here.

    There is a valid point to all this messing about with different tunings though .....otherwise we would not get different or alternate and open tunings on instruments...and whilst I have not tried GDAE on a uke yet I have my eye on one of mine for a quick make over .... a little innocent slightly battered soprano....
    I'll keep you posted.......

    Having an opinion and being 'rude' are two different things sorry you can not separate the two from one another.
    Current Ukes:
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    Vorson Steel String Solid Body Electric Tenor (low g)

    Electric Guitar/Electric Ukulele Based drone ambient music
    http://iamesper.bandcamp.com

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    I have PM'd you .

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