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    Default Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    I strung my uke like a CGDA mandola, but the strings were too tight, so I tuned down a tone. Fun to play.


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    Nice!

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    Well done.

    I've been playing the Prelude on a baritone uke CGDA.
    It's amazing how much tone you can get from those little boxes with a light touch.

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    Very nice!
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    That’s beautiful!

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    Great stuff! Thanks for posting
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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Thanks, folks. I really enjoyed doing it. Now onto the second suite.

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    Beautifully done, Rob!
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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Lovely! Thanks so much.
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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    That....was....Awesome!
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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Thanks, guys. Appreciated. I hate to admit it, but it's easier for me to play on the ukulele than the mandolin, despite the tuning being the same.

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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Rob, I have enjoyed some of your classical guitar videos too.
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    Bravo, what a great idea! Sounds wonderful. Gonna pull out a uke and give it a try!

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    The timbre really matches the music and very well-played. Now I have UAS.
    Palatable to a Goat: New Music from Gregg Daigle and Don Grieser, now on bandcamp
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    Assuming you're playing a tenor uke there, strung with a low G set of strings? That's what I'm working with, but only able to get mine down to C-G-D-A (which is cool because same as cello) but anything lower and it doesn't hold up. Even at low C it's too flappy and weak. Have you tried different string gauges for tuning in Fifths?

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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Aquila sell sets of 5ths-tuning for ukulele. One set is the same pitch as the mandolin/violin, which can only be used on the small soprano uke. The other is for Concert ukulele, CGDA. I'm using the concert set, but tuned down a tone because of the added length of the tenor.

    30U Nylgut Soprano Ukulele Strings, 5ths Tuning (GDAE), Wound G

    31U Nylgut Concert Ukulele Strings, 5ths Tuning (CGDA), Wound C and G

    I hope that helps, Doug?

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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Classical guitar strings work very well on a baritone (CGDA).
    And there is a huge variety of options.

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    Default Re: Complete Bach 1st Cello Suite - ukulele in 5ths tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop View Post
    I hope that helps, Doug?
    Yes, thank you!

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