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Is it possible to tune a ukulele in GDAE (Irish tenor)?

I would like to change the tuning of my concert ukulele from GCEA to GDAE. Which kind of string do I need for that (diameter) ? Is it dangerous for the bridge ? (Ref. my ukulele is a Lanikai LU-21 CE)
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Love Flatwounds, but need a bit more bite - thoughts?

I am a bass player in an instrumental post-rock trio. I have been using, and love, flatwound strings for years. I do a great deal of slides, pickoffs and such. I often use these techniques to build ...
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How do different strings (of the same gauge) affect the tone?

Something I've been wondering quite long, but never had the time to really try it out myself: Let's say I buy two sets of strings, both with the same gauge, a cheap one and an expensive one. What are ...
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Tone Color Changed after Replacing a Piano Bass String

I have a very old piano. A few years ago, one of its bass strings broke. I removed that broken string and kept playing almost everyday for a few years. Last week my technician installed a new string ...
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How do you identify string gauge?

A friend broke a string on her bowed psaltery (a small zither-like instrument) and needs to replace it. Problem: what gauge? The source of the instrument is unknown and it didn't come with spare ...
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12 String Guitars - Some Information?

So I've been playing the guitar for a while, and I'm comfortable with different styles of music (classical, blues, a bit of jazz, folk etc.) and I have a few different guitars (an acoustic steel ...
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Is it okay to leave a guitar without strings for a long period?

I had to leave my acoustic guitar at home. I had decreased the tension in the strings completely before leaving home...it has been 5 months...did I make a mistake? Will my guitar still sound okay when ...
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Softer strings?

I have picked up ukulele and have realized that the softer strings have helped me get used to the harder guitar strings. I was wondering if they made softer strings for a normal sized acoustic guitar ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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Why does a string instrument get out of tune when a string breaks?

Usually, when a string breaks on my guitar/bass, the remaining strings get out tune. Why does that happen?
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What strings for classical guitar you advise to beginer?

Recently, I found an old classical guitar(1989) in my cupboard and now I want to tune it up! But I need to change the strings. Which parameter of tension is better for beginners? Does the brand of ...
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What are the types of strings for an acoustic guitar, and which one is more appropriate for a beginner?

I've recently decided to start playing guitar as a self-learner and I want to change the strings of an acoustic guitar I have. I've started to get into it and I discovered that there are various ...
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Bow hold and broken thumb? Suggestions?

So it feels like I'm fighting the bow due to the angle of my thumb, it's not impossible but I could use a few pointers or suggestions. The standard bow hold is mildly ineffective for me.
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Is loosening the truss rod of a bass the correct thing to do after changing to a lighter string gauge?

I bought some new strings for my bass and was informed that 40 is what you find on most basses when they come out of the factory. I restrung my bass today and the stock strings are actually thicker ...
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How does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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Does the Thunderbird actually need special strings?

I just got myself a brand-new Epiphone Thunderbird bass. I tried to get some new strings along with it, but was told it needs special (extra-length) strings due to its fairly big headstock. That seems ...
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Is it OK to replace a harp string with an adjacent string?

I'm trying to fix up my girlfriend's Salvi concert harp, but just as I finally got the whole thing stringed and tuned, another string broke, and sadly, we did not have this specific string in stock. ...
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Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
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Thick fingers create problems sometimes

I have thick fingers. Whenever i try to play after 12th or 13th fret, I end up making some strings dead. Sometimes while playing some of the chords or while I have to switch chords quickly, this ...
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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

I've always been dyslexic when it comes to this turn of phrasing - Top strings connote the strings at the top of the fret-board in my mind. Even after years of playing, I sometimes have to wrench it ...
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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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How to approximate bowed sound on guitar

Not sure this is the right SE site, so please point out if there's a better one. It's also not quite the same as this question. My son the violist has found a string quartet piece that he would like ...
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What type of bass strings produces a very warm and mellow sound?

I bought a used Peavey Foundation bass guitar a long time ago, and I really liked the original strings. The sound was very warm and mellow, a lot like an upright acoustic bass. At one point I ...
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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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String bending pain doesn't go away

I have been playing the guitar since 2006, so I'm not new to the activity, and I have caluses. I started playing Flamenco on a nylon strings and in 2013 moved to play Surf on a stratocaster. A couple ...
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Restringing a pinless guitar

My little brother bought a charity shop guitar but I’ve never seen this before. It doesn’t have the pins so I’m worried if I take the strings off I won’t get them back on... are there any videos or ...
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Acoustic Guitar | How to adjust the gap between the strings and the fret board

I have a 2 year old acoustic guitar . Over the period of time there's a huge gap that has appeared between the higher frets and the strings. What has caused this gap? and How do i fix this.
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Is it possible for the unwound strings to wear faster than the wound strings on a Guitar?

I have had my guitar for about 7 months or so now (this is my first) and I just learned a few weeks ago that you are supposed to change the strings every so often. A couple of weeks before that I ...
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Blending or harmonizing

What other kind of chords can a guitarist play as an accompaniment for the keyboardist instead of playing the same progression,that is ensuring they don't get in each others way by playing a ...
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E string of guitar broken so every wire will be replaced with new?

During tuning a new set of strings, my top E string snapped. My colleague says that you have to buy a complete set of strings because it does not come alone and every set have its own frequency so: ...
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Are there any plain nylon bass strings for classical guitar?

I was checking out some classical guitars at a store today and was surprised to find out that only the treble strings are plain nylon, while the bass strings are nylon wound with bronze or silver. ...
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Tuning G3 string to A3 guitar

I have been playing along with a couple of Pavement songs which are in DADABE tuning, so that the G string has to be tuned one tone higher to an A. It has happened to me in the past to do something ...
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Can you mix brands?

Can you mix string brands if they’re in the same gauge? I have Ernie Ball strings and the ‘A’ string broke. Was wondering if i could Replace with a fender string of the same gauge?
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Correct process for replacing guitar strings

The steps I follow whenever I'm replacing guitar strings come from a diverse set of advices that I got in person, online or whatever, and I never asked any professional about them. I do it like this: ...
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How to change the strings on my violin/viola?

It's time for a new set of strings. How do I change all the strings on my violin (or viola)? What are the gotchas I have to look out for?
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Why do violin bridges support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard?

It appears that violin bridges are typically designed asymmetrically to support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard, as shown in this photo: At the end of the fingerboard the G ...
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Playing a 7-string guitar song on a 6-string guitar

In this video John Petrucci tries to explain how a guy is doing a cover of one of his 7-string songs using a 6-string guitar, but I don't really understand what he is ...
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Storing unused guitar strings

I was going to change the strings on my guitar today with older string packs that I haven't completely used and a new pack. Since the low E, A, D, and G rarely break I have an excess supply of them ...
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How is string height adjusted for a neck with a compound radius ?

From what I understand, during a guitar setup, the string height is adjusted to follow the fretboard radius. How is string height adjusted for a neck with a compound radius ?
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Playing symphonies by e.g. Rachmaninoff or Mahler using string instruments with gut strings (like more Baroque styled instruments)?

I was listening to some performances from Netherland's "All of Bach" group that performs Bach works on Baroque instruments. I quite liked the sound of the strings, and I thought that it ...
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Can I put cavaquinho strings on a ukulele?

I have currently a concert ukulele that I'm not using and I would like to put on it steel cavaquinho strings in order to use it as a cavaquinho. Is it a bad idea ? Are there risks for my instrument ?
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String quartet practice routine

I am looking for information on how to structure a practice session for a string quartet. I read many articles online. They talk about working on intonation but hardly any information beyond scales. ...
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When was “Nashville Tuning” invented?

Answering a question about alternate tuning today got me thinking about Nashville Tuning and that this is basically the exact same concept used by Stanley Clarke (and apparently Ron Carter) to "invent"...
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Microdynamics of bow rosin and strings

Discussion in comments here questions whether the rosin on bow hairs changes physical characteristics in the course of stimulating vibration in a string. Consensus seems to be that: the physical ...
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Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?

I just bought a Fender Squier. I went to buy some strings and there were so many choices. My friend has just got some Ernie Ball heavy bottom skinny top, and he says they're supposed to be close the ...
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Stuck while trying to change the strings for the first time

Ok so I was able to remove all the strings but one and I am afraid the last one is stuck badly. I followed the various tutorials on replacing the strings: Removed tension-> pushed it in and tried to ...
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Why does my Stratocaster guitar sound worse with new strings?

My 4-month-old strings sounded much better than the new set that I just put on. I am using the same brand of strings that I used before. My guitar sounds like crap now. What's wrong? Should I stretch ...
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Does leaving the excess string uncut, affect the guitar's tone?

I mean negatively or positively. I have seen lots of people do that. And I saw on one place that it's just that they want to look rebely or something like that. But, I asked this from a music teacher ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Who should use “super low tension” guitar strings for classical guitar?

I see "super low tension strings" on sale here. Which kind of players (or which kind of music) normally uses them? Do I assume correctly that such strings may be good for beginners as should bite ...

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