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Posted - 08/07/2022 :  3:46:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After years of playing slack key guitar I’m finally looking for an ukulele…..I’m leaning toward a tenor…any suggestions and thoughts much appreciated….James

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Posted - 08/08/2022 :  06:13:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Fran Guidry's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Posted - 08/09/2022 :  08:31:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Since you asked, a tenor is my preference and with a low G string. You can tune the first string down from A to G to get GCEg, and have Open C tuning (like taro patch but a fourth higher). You won't have the alternating bass line like on a guitar but all of the licks & tricks from the higher pitched four strings become readily available.

Mark Nelson has a book on slack key ukulele that would be helpful, "Learn to Play Slack Key Style Ukulele". His "Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele" book is also quite good. https://mark-o.com/buy/books/

Any quality brand will work depending on your budget. Kala and Ohana are fine, with Lanikai and others right behind. I have a wonderful Big Island Uke Company Honu toner in all koa that is a delight. My primary player is the composite Blackbird Farallon tenor these days - no worries about temperature or humidity, but not cheap.
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Posted - 09/19/2022 :  07:35:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Earl. That is good info. I don't own a ukulele yet but have been considering it now for a few months. Mahalo

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Posted - 09/21/2022 :  10:43:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The late Rod Lopez, Sr (Roddy's Dad) told me that he considered ukulele with high "G" and ukulele with low "G" to be 2 different instruments and brought both to gigs - low G for playing leads and Jazz, high G for playing rhythm and "chalangalang".
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