Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

10

The standard tuning of a Ukulele is a bit confusing because it is not strictly ascending. This tuning is g4-c4-e4-a4, it means that the corresponding notes are G above middle C, middle C, E above middle C, A above middle C, from the string which is highest on the fretboard to the string which is closest to the ground. It is easy to play it on the piano ...


10

The D7 chord is D (root), F♯ (major 3rd), A (perfect 5th), C (minor 7th). Any voicing that includes all four of those is correct. For example, the barre fingering is A–D–F♯–C, which is correct. Furthermore, the chord is in root position on a soprano or concert ukulele – meaning that the root is the lowest-pitched note – which is ideal for playing ...


9

It's often the nature of the beast for stringed instruments. The strings need to settle in, sometimes there are too many turns of string around the tuning peg, which makes bedding in take an age. Nylon or metal strings will do this. Try pulling the string, along its length,for a few minutes. Then re-tune. It will settle in eventually, unless there's a ...


9

A D7 chord consists of: D - the root note - if you leave it out the chord is ambiguous, but you might fix that by having another instrument, your voice, or the listener's imagination, fill it in. When you're the only accompaniment, however, you typically want the tonic as one of the lowest notes in your chord, as an anchor (this is why bass guitars often ...


8

http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele-tuning-piano.php


8

A major chord is a triad of three notes: the root note, the major third, and the perfect fifth. For the B major chord, the notes are B, D♯, and F♯. Any combination of those three notes on your strings will form a B major chord. If the lowest note played is a B, the chord is in root position; otherwise, the chord is an inversion, which changes the character ...


7

When you're learning, the main choice you make is, do you want to become "good enough" (where good enough is defined by you, for whatever situation you're in), or do you want to become as good as you can? Either choice is fine. Just realize that your drum teacher is being paid to make you as good as you can be; unsurprisingly, learning general music theory ...


7

There are four main sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone. Soprano, Concert, and Tenor are all tuned the same so it's just a question of fretboard size and resonance. The Baritone is tuned differently and probably not what you want. You should choose among the other 3 based on what size is comfortable--go to a store and try them out. ...


6

Since your uke is solid-body, you need the rest of your setup -- the amp, speaker, cabinet to give character to the sound. Fortunately the ukulele's pitch range is within that of a guitar's. A soprano uke is similar to the top strings of a guitar being played high up the fretboard. A tenor uke is similar to the top strings of a guitar being played nearer ...


6

Yes, very normal. And it's not only with a new ukulele, but anytime you change the strings. The knot at the bridge end of the nylon strings needs to tighten up. You'll get it in tune, but the knot will slip and the tuning will go out. Just keep tuning/tightening the string. A week from now it will keep its tune much better. If you have friction tuning ...


5

Any guitar amp will be absolutely fine. The sounds and tonal range are well within those a guitar amp was designed for. Enjoy.


5

Compared to standard musical notation on a 5 line staff, tabs are fairly easy to learn. They only work for a stringed instrument such as a ukulele or guitar. There is probably some good information on the internet that will give very detailed information on reading tablature. Try this one How To Read Ukulele Tab But I will point out a few things that ...


4

This should be repairable. Luckily the tension from ukulele strings is not that high, otherwise it would probably have snapped off altogether by now. You'll need a strong glue. I can't tell from your pictures whether it is the wood that has snapped, or the join between two pieces. If both halves are wood, a wood floor should be used, otherwise an epoxy, ...


4

It would not be dangerous for the bridge if the four strings you select to produce that tuning have about the same tension (measured in lbs or kg) as the strings used for standard tuning. The D'Addario string company publishes an elaborate reference guide for all the strings they sell for guitars and a few other instruments. You can download the PDF of this ...


4

Banjo ukuleles are typically tuned the same as regular ukuleles: GCEA. The current tuning you have on your banjo uke is alternative. A tenor scale ukulele is 17 inches (43 cm) measured from the nut to the saddle, so if your banjo ukulele has the same scale length, you should be able to put standard tenor scale ukulele strings on it and tune it to GCEA. ...


4

The short answer is no, the tunings are not different. The soprano and concert are usually tuned the same way: GCEA. The baritone uke is the only size that is normally tuned differently. As far as "better sounding" goes, that's a matter of personal preference. One option you might try is to use a low G string; tune the G as a low G instead of the normal ...


4

I recommend the digital tuner. The scale length on ukes and similar instruments is very short, so little increments in tuning make larger adjustments. Also,presuming you're using nylon strings, they are notoriously stretchy especially when new. Finally, you might check to see that there's no physical problem, nut slots not binding the string (a bit of ...


4

You ask 'Why are there different fingerings JUST for the B chord'. If that's what you meant, there are just as many fingerings for MOST chords. The examples shown are different mixes of the 3 notes needed for a major chord. If you look carefully,the 2nd and the 3rd diagrams actually have the same 3 notes on the same 3 strings on the same 3 frets (exactly as ...


4

If you want to get started playing fingerstyle ukulele, there are lots of books you can pick from. The one I used to get started and recommend is called 20 Easy Fingerstyle Studies for Ukulele by Rob MacKillop. The book walks you through a lot of the different techniques used in fingerstyle through exercises and simple instrumental songs. The book comes ...


4

I always say that a bad first guitar will hold a learner back badly. However I don't hesitate to recommend starting with a ukulele from the bottom end of the market, because: nylon-strung instruments are more forgiving of cheap construction than steel-strung guitars they are so cheap -- little more than a round of drinks -- they can be treated as a ...


4

Each player's physiology is different - length of fingers/thumb, flexibility, etc. There may, or may not, be a 'standard' way to position, but basically, it's going to be down to individuality, and each player will find his own best method, which will change as the chord shapes change, or when playing only one or two strings. Or when seated or standing.Or ...


3

Most Uke players want a kind of "acoustic" sound. Most guitar amps color the sound and make the Uke sound distinctly more electric. I have a Marshall AS50D and it has a separate tweeter, which makes the tone more neutral. It also has an anti-feedback filter. I believe that's pretty much a notch filter that suppresses the band where most feedback occurs. With ...


3

Well, it really is hard to tune instruments when you've gotten really close but not quite. The trick that most people use is, they listen to the beats. Essentially, you play both the reference note and your string at the same time, and you'll hear a sort of shimmering, where over time the sound seems to fade in and out rapidly (It has to do with ...


3

Cant think of any reason why not - all the Uke's I have seen have symmetric nuts and bridges.


3

Well user9372, there are several things that you can do to make the melody sound fuller or accompany yourself. The first thing that you should do is start learning some chords. Here is a chord chart that has plenty of ukulele chords. http://www.ukalady.com/Images/UkeChart.pdf As far as having to refer to a music score, you don't have to, but that really ...


3

Muting is the way to do it. If you can't put the tip of a spare finger gently on that string, then use the pad of the next finger that is pressing the adjacent string down. It's a technique (trick) that guitarists use often.If all this proves impossible, which it shouldn't, then try to find another note from the same chord that can be played on that string ...


3

Aquila makes a GDAE set for soprano ukes, but I don't think they sell a set with that tuning for concert scale. They do sell a CGDA concert length set, however.


3

Although the ukelele is often used as an instrument to provide chordal accompaniment (strummed or picked) to other instruments, or commonly voice, there is absolutely no reason why you can't explore other ways to play it, which are not primarily as an accompanying instrument. For instance, you can play single note lines, as you would on any other ...


3

There are two common ukulele chords called D7. The traditional D7 chord is the barre chord: This chord has all four of the D7 notes: D, F♯, A, C The other D7 chord is a common alternative on the ukulele: This form of the D7 chord is often called the Hawaiian D7, perhaps because it is popular in Hawaii. As others have noted, it is missing the D note. ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible