We are going on holidays for most of july.
And me and Tuva is starting to be a bit desperate to not have any guitar for a month
So… could Ukulele fill in that gap for a while?? Never played one and have absolutly no idea how to play one…
If you tune it to DGBE, It will be the same as the top 4 strings of a guitar. The most common tuning is gCEA, so all your chord fingering is different than guitar.
Hmm. I had this crazy idea that ukulele is easier than guitar, but maybe not so. Would use it just to get the string feeling under the fingers.
I will head off nd try one tomorrow… i do suspect it will sound horrendous
I have a friend who has a baritone uke. I did some Googling, and people said it was common to tune these to D G B e…same as 4 thinnest strings on guitar, as you say.
I was able to limp through a couple of my guitar songs despite it being the first time I’d ever played a uke, so this might be worth considering.
Ok. Thanks Tom. I will try one tomorrow
Absolutely…go and get one! They are way easier to strum than guitars ( well, at least for me!) The chords are so easy to learn when you can already play a guitar and you’ll remember them straight away! C G Am F they are all very easy on the Uke and you can play tons of songs with those chords. Let it be by The Beatles for example, and all the same songs you play on guitar using those chords!
Joy is what a Uke really means!
Did I convince you?
Yep. You really did Silvia… i really lean against one. I think i can pick one up for well under 100us.
Atleast it has strings that we can fiddle around with
Absolutely! Yes! well… maybe not an actual substitute but I think would fill in the gap for a while And easier to travel with…
I agree with Silvia. Ukes are so much fun!
I started on ukulele and played it for about 5 months before picking up the guitar. I echo pretty much everything that @SILVIA said. Some of the chords, such as C are actually easier to learn because they only use one string- plus ukuleles are just really fun! It’s a good way to keep the calluses on your fingers as well if you will be away from your guitar for a while. I say go for it! I have a concert ukulele, but baritone ones are fun too since they are tuned like the highest 4 strings of the guitar.
You can’t just tune a Ukulele that way, only with a baritone!
Preferably look at a Baritone, they are tuned the same as the top 4 strings so you’re just missing the low E and A; it’s just like playing guitar in most ways and can be played together with someone on guitar.
The smaller ukes are re-entrant, this means that what is usually the lowest string isn’t, it’s tuned G C E A, but the G is an Octave higher than what you would expect. You can specify a low G but that would be on cost; besides there’s not much difference in cost between a Tenor and a Baritone.
Biggest thing is to make sure that your fingers will fit on the fretboard to play one, they don’t have much room! For me it’s a nightmare going from a Classical guitar to a Concert Uke
After having read this thread in the morning, I tried out my sons uke, which is a concert size, as I now know, and was surprised that getting three fingers into one fret for a D is quite impossible for me. How could this big bear Israel Kamakawi’ole play this little instrument? If I would by one for me, I at least would try out a baritone.
The uke is a great option and its a LOT easier than guitar. Enjoy it. They are a great instrument.
Choose your uke with attention to the various sizes. The smallest, the soprano can be a challenge as the frets are very close together. The concert is a bit larger followed by the tenor and the baritone size, which is the largest. The three smaller sizes have a different tuning to the baritone which is generally tuned the same as the 4 higher strings on the guitar.
A guitar can be turned into the same tuning as a uke with the capo on the fifth fret and playing only the 4 highest strings.
here you have an idea what to practice during your vacation …
Have fun buying…
UKULELE BUYERS GUIDE
Enjoy your holiday. Can you hire a guitar where you’re going? Would be a better option if possible.
Why not just get a small travel size guitar? Then you don’t need to learn another instrument!
I am not 100% sure i can take a travel/parlour on flights all the way down to south east asia without have to check it in… dont bother checking anything in, most likely to be destroyed…
but. I have found a guitar shop nearby where we are going that sells used instruments. Maybe i can find a really cheap guitar down there, and sell it back to him before going home.
Just dont find it worthwhile dragging any guitar half way around the globe, not even a travel guitar.
Maybe you could consider a guitalele, such as the Yamaha GL1. I believe it’s ukulele size and has 6 strings and is tuned as guitar is (only higher, as if the guitar had a capo on the 5th fret i think). I have one they’re not bad at all, they have a ukulele size and sound, just less space to get your fingers into the frets, but i suppose that’s the same with a uke They’re under £100, but not sure what you’d to for a gig bag or packing it for the holiday.
They’re good if you want the uke’s size and sound, and what you already know on guitar would generally apply here so you can play it straight away. But maybe you want to learn the Uke instead.
Just throwing it out there as an option for you