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Original Post By: Tedhoo Date: 11/14/2018 6:07:20 PM
I am new to the ukulele and I purchased a couple of books of songs written for the uke. Many of the songs either begin with a note that is below the C note below the staff or at some time in the song the music indicates a note (A or B under the C) I do no know how to play. I was under the impression that the C note of the third string was as low as you can play a uke. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted By: Ukeguy Date: 11/14/2018 7:50:34 PM
Tedhoo, the C note of the open third string is the lowest note available on a use tuned in reentered tuning (aka High G), the familiar "My dog has fleas". There are ukes tuned with a low g string that permits the extra low notes. Reenterant tuning is the traditional tuning. If you're trying to play a melody, find the note you're looking for up the fretboard and go from there. Good luck!
Posted By: Tedhoo Date: 11/16/2018 8:13:13 AM
Thank you Likeguy for your suggestion. I realized that I need to buy another uke tuned to low G so I can play the songs in the book I purchased. I'm learning as I go along.
Posted By: Muttzukii Date: 11/16/2018 1:15:52 PM   (Updated: 11/16/2018 1:16:21 PM)
If you are fond of the one you already have, there are a lot of string sets that don't require reworking your nut.

If you now have a soprano & do want to have a separate one for the low g, do look at concert & tenor sizes. These have a little more range for note picking than most sopranos.

As useful as a low g can be, I find there is a lot of joy playing in the My Dog tuning. I'd advise trying both tunings.
Posted By: Ukeguy Date: 11/16/2018 10:44:38 PM
Tedhoo, you're still able to play just about anything in re-entrant (high G) tuning. If you're just starting out work on learning where all the notes are on the fretboard and try working the melody out that way. It'll make you a better player in the long run and you won't have to buy another uke before you're ready. Just a suggestion.

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