While Hawaiian slack key guitar masters use a great variety of alternate tunings, ukulele players are usually stuck in major sixth tunings (albeit in differing pitches, and linear or re-entrant). Retuning a couple of strings—or even just one—can help one discover new sonic worlds, makes some elusive voicings possible, and, in general, stimulates inspiration.
In this anthology, Choan Gálvez proposes you to work on a few scordaturas, all of them feasible using a standard low G string set. Your instrument won’t be at risk as all of the suggested tunings decrease the total tension supported by the ukulele.
The set of 12 original works by Choan Gálvez includes ragtime and bluesy compositions, havanera stylings, melancholical-optimistic tunes written at the dawn, and a touching elegy. All pieces are being demoed in this growing YouTube playlist.
This volume includes pieces using the following tunings:
- Taro patch: G C E G
- Wahine: G B E G
- Plectrum: F C E G
- Drop F: F C E A
- Open F: F C F A
- Gsus4: G C D A
- G minor: G Bb D G
For each of these tunings, the author offers descriptions and diagrams, and a few chord boxes in case you’d like to explore the variant further than the included pieces do. Every score is presented in notation and tablature.
Baritone players are also covered! Diagrams and tablatures are usable as-is, you’ll just be playing in different keys— Jus’ Press!
- 40 pages, A4 format, stapled
- Printable PDF file, 40 pages, A4 format
From the back cover
This is a wonderful and very well thought out collection of pieces in alternate tunings. Choan has included some really interesting tunings such as Gsus4, which you don’t come across often. You’ll also find some traditional Hawaiian tunings such as taro patch and wahine. Everything is very clearly notated and these brilliant compositions are an absolute delight to play.
The included pieces
Anthology of Alternate Ukulele Tunings includes 12 pieces in up to seven different tunings. Check this list!
Tuning: Drop F. Key: F. Tempo: Largo. Dedicated to Larry Usselman.
Tuning: Taro patch. Key: C. Tempo: Habanera / Waltz. Duration: . Dedicated to Catherine Goykhman.
Tuning: Taro patch. Key: C. Tempo: Slow drag, with swing. Duration: . Dedicated to Hardy Lugerth.
Tuning: Taro patch. Key: C. Tempo: Allegretto. Dedicated to Led Kaapana.
Tuning: Wahine. Key: G. Tempo: Andante. Dedicated to Thiago Susán.
Skate Park Rag
Tuning: Wahine. Key: G. Tempo: Medium Swing. Dedicated to Gwendolyn Völker.
Tuning: Plectrum. Key: F. Tempo: Relaxed Swing. Duration: . Dedicated to Ricardo Colubi.
Tuning: Plectrum. Key: F. Tempo: Adagio. Duration: . Dedicated to Oriol Mercadé.
Tuning: Open F. Key: F. Tempo: Medium Swing. Dedicated to Chino Swingslide.
Tuning: G minor. Key: Gm. Tempo: Andante. Duration: .
Tuning: G minor. Key: Gm. Tempo: Moderato. Dedicated to Amane Gálvez.
Tuning: Gsus4. Key: G. Tempo: Andante. Duration: . Dedicated to Matt Stead.