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Offline BruceD

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Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:49:19 pm »
is there a difference between standard ukulele chords and banjo uke chords?
I inherited an inexpensive ukulele or banjo uke (1960's vintage) and the chords for the songs in the manual are different than what I find on this site and just about every other chord chart I find.

In the 1960's book the book shows a G chord which corresponds with the F chord in the current charts I find.  The vintage book shows a D 7th chord which is a C7th in the charts I find on line. The C chord is a Bb and the G7h now appears to be F7th.

Did something change since the 1960's or is there something different about this uke?  It seems to tune the same.

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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 09:03:08 pm »
The two versions of the chords you are seeing are in different keys. Each chord in the manual you have is one full tone higher. It is still the same progression in a different key.

If you are interested in learning more, dig into basic music theory.  Justin has an excellent beginner resource available.

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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 09:22:20 pm »
Thank you.  I will definitely look into this further.  It is confusing because he diagrams / illustrations are the same (same frets and same strings) just different names.

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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 11:00:04 pm »
I am not sure, but it sounds like they may be tiuned differently then

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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 06:42:05 pm »
I dug into the Uke book a little more and find they are calling the string by different notes or tuning it differently. 
This book calls the strings out as 1 = B, 2 = F#, 3 = D and 4 = A and even show a tuner that way and show how to use the piano for tuning.   

The web site calls them out as 1 = A, 2 = E, 3 = G and 4 = C


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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 07:27:54 pm »
Check out this website

https://ukebuddy.com/ukulele-tuner

Normal convention calls the string closest to the floor 1. Standard uke tuning is

4   g
3   c
2   e
1   a

Your tuning is D tuning.

also look here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banjo_uke

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Re: Ukulele chords vs Banjo Uke Chords
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2017, 07:42:33 pm »
Thanks again!

I did find an on-line tuner at get tuned dot com that explained a lot. 

Looks like I will need to tune in the D key to use the book that came with the Uke.

I currently have it tuned to the standard you mention which seems to match most of the music I am finding on-line.

Glad I stumbled on to Justin's site. 


 

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