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6 string Uke? Saw it on Sesame Street!
FreakBear
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From: Springfield, Ohio
Posted: 2005-03-25 8:38 pm   Permalink

Grover was doing a video piece on Hawaiian culture. In the footage was someone playing a 6 string "Uke" style instument. It appeared to be the same string arrangement but with dual courses here and there.

Does anyone know more about this?


 
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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
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Posted: 2005-03-25 10:36 pm   Permalink

Hi Freakbear,
Yes, ukuleles can come with 6 or 8 strings. The strings that are "doubled" are usually an octave apart. They have a much fuller sound when strumming, but they are more difficult for "picking" style. It's also a little harder to make the barr chords when you have to hold down the extra strings. Here's a link to a picture of a 6-string uke.

http://meleukulele.com/shopexd.asp?id=26

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FreakBear
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Posted: 2005-03-26 08:36 am   Permalink

Thanks Ookoo! It looks like the first and third string slots are in courses while the second and fourth are single strings. Is this correct? I bet that sounds great... but probably tricky to tune.

 
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Tiki King
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Posted: 2005-04-08 07:33 am   Permalink

There are Ukes in all sorts of variations. 4, 5, 6, 8 and even 10 strings. Some argue that these "variations" are not true Ukuleles, but I guess it depends on your "purist" level. I have an 8 string sopprano tuned GG CC EE AA. first string(s) are pairs(tuned the same pitch), second and third are octaves apart, last two are paired. It has a neat sound, almost like two playing in unison, almost a "chorus" effect.
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