Strings for Alternative Tuning
Matt — Jun 11, 2015 12:54AM HST
Aloha, i've recently been working hard at transcribing some of the great Benny Chong's arrangements. As he tunes down to D G B E (same as a guitar but with a high D)this gives my strings far too much slack. Do you have any tips on which types of strings to use so that I can play in this pitch but still keep tension? I usually play a Tenor. Thanks
2 Community Answers
Joel - Jun 15, 2015 at 10:31PM HST
The Ukulele Site Agent
Check out Southcoast strings. You will want a Re-entrant set that has the tension you are looking for on a 17 inch tenor scale tuned to the key of G.
They do have charts next to each string set that show the possible keys the strings can be tuned to for each scale length and an approximation of the tension each tuning will create.
The HU-NW set might work for you though the tension will be low. Not nearly as low as tuning your tenor down to baritone tuning though. You can also contact Southcoast for a recommendation, they are very helpful.
Your other option might be getting a high tension baritone set like the Koolau Mahana set with an extra high E string to use in place of the wound D string.
As a disclaimer I have not personally tried this, but that would be my best guess. If you do try it please post your results here so it can help other players and we can get a forum going to see what works best.
Matt - Jun 18, 2015 at 08:39AM HST
Thank you very much Joel for your answer and for providing several options. I need to do a little research now but i'll definitely return and comment when I find a solution that works for me.