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Unread 10-03-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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I'm playing ukulele and singing a song at a friend's wedding in a few weeks. I am usually a guitar player, but I'm bringing out the uke for some fun on this song.

I have a little Mahalo ukulele and I'm just wondering if anyone can help re: strings.
For the chords to be in tune, it seems I need to press pretty lightly (quite foreign to me, used to a steel string acoustic guitar). So I naturally press hard, which makes the chords sound awful. Is this normal? Or should I get new strings?

The strings on it currently are the ones it came with.

Please help!

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Unread 10-03-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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The best idea is to learn to press lighter. You can get heavier strings for the uke, but not that heavy. The difference will be relatively small.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #3
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Thanks man, I will do my best! :/
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Unread 10-11-2011, 01:54 AM   #4
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I have a little Mahalo ukulele and I'm just wondering if anyone can help re: strings.
For the chords to be in tune, it seems I need to press pretty lightly (quite foreign to me, used to a steel string acoustic guitar). So I naturally press hard, which makes the chords sound awful. Is this normal? Or should I get new strings?

The strings on it currently are the ones it came with.

Please help!
If your uke used to sound good every time you played it, I would think that your strings are old, stretched out nylons and need replacing. Get the black ones, I forget who makes them but these are the ones that come standard on top end ukes like Kamaka.

If you change the strings and it still sounds cruddy to you, your uke probably has an intonation problem, something Mahalo's are notorious for...at this point you've probably outgrown this uke and it's time for an upgrade.

The ukulele of choice here in Hawaii is Kamaka, very pricey but worth it if you're serious. Seems like everyone's making ukes these days, even Ibanez makes some really nice ones, so you have a lot of choices.

Hope that helps you Nomes.
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