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24-Nov-2017 22:06

This makes it even more guitar-like for chords and picking patterns.

Some songs definitely work better in low-G, but others are best in high-G.

For a short while in my 20s and 30s, I was very serious about playing music; I studied, I tried many instruments, and I jammed a lot, sometimes daily, at least weekly, but because I don't have any real musical talent or training, my enthusiasm generally outpaced my talent.

Still, I enjoy playing, and perhaps learning even more. I had sold my last guitar a few years back in order to focus on other things (the shakuhachi, for one).

It was also an inspiration to spend a whole lot more than I originally intended for what was then a passing fancy.

I spent more than 0 for the ukulele, case, shipping from Hawaii, plus the Canadian and Ontario governments' egregious tax grab (why must I pay provincial sales tax on an item that isn't sold or distributed anywhere in Canada, much less made in Canada? My first uke was a solid-spruce top Kala tenor (see below). I think it's spread through Web pages that feature ukuleles. I ended up buying several ukuleles in quick succession, most from the same e Bay seller ('musicguymic' or MGM, who has a large e Bay store).

I hack away at it; I have since I was 14, back when the Beatles were still new.

Nylon strings don't lend themselves well to certain styles.

My experiments with slide suggest it's possible, but sounds better with a glass slide rather than a brass one.

Personally, I like both, but I tend to play my high-G ukes more because I prefer the sound and it makes the uke different from a guitar. In the 1920s and 30s, there were other popular tunings for ukuleles (A-D-F#-B most often) and you'll see them noted in song sheets from that era, but you seldom see them today.

Some string packages make note of these tunings because the strings can be used in standard or alternate tunings. In G tuning (except, apparently, in Nova Scotia where the A tuning reigns).

I'm enjoying playing the 'old time' songs that have been resurrected with the ukulele renaissance, music from the 1920s through 40s.