Baritones are the largest instrument in the ukulele family and are renowned for having a warm, deep and mellow sound. Baritone ukuleles typically measure around 30″ inches (76cm) and are tuned differently to soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles. They are tuned the same as the top four strings on a guitar – DGBE – and often will have a low, wound D.
While it may seem daunting to make the transition from a ukulele tuned GCEA to a baritone, most people actually find it easier than they originally expected. The skills that you acquire in learning a ukulele are of course transferable and while the tuning is different, the intervals between the strings are the same. This means that all the chord shapes which you use on a regular ukulele will still be relevant on a baritone – so for example, the shape which you use for a G on a ukulele would be a D on a baritone. Easy as that 🙂
For more information on moving from a ukulele to a baritone, check out this excellent blog on Ukulele Go.
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