#1
I'm not sure weather this is the right topic for this but, can I turn my ukalaly in to a mandolin by tuning the strings?
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#3
The tuning would be different, but the strings would still wouldn't be in courses of two and they would be ukulele strings. You could play music for mandolin on it, but it would sound like a ukulele.
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#4
^ This is true. But you can use a mandolin tuning on your ukulele. This lovely lady will show you how.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUYvVXJUD3Q

But the ukulele purists seem to have issues with the practise.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=ukulele+mandolin+tuning
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^ This is true. But you can use a mandolin tuning on your ukulele. This lovely lady will show you how.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUYvVXJUD3Q

But the ukulele purists seem to have issues with the practise.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=ukulele+mandolin+tuning

+1 a mandolin is a 8 string ukulele in reality . My brother plays Mandolin and Ukulele
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+1 a mandolin is a 8 string ukulele in reality . My brother plays Mandolin and Ukulele

How? They're tuned differently and have different types of string.
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#7
It will simply be a uke with mandolin tuning. This does not make it another instrument. If it did, anyone who uses something other than EADGBE would not be a guitarist.
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#8
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How? They're tuned differently and have different types of string.

Same scale. makes them interchangeable.

No it will not be the exact same, but it will work and if you use the correct strings it will even sound like it.

I can tune a Guitar lots of different ways and it will still be a guitar
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Same scale. makes them interchangeable.

No it will not be the exact same, but it will work and if you use the correct strings it will even sound like it.

I can tune a Guitar lots of different ways and it will still be a guitar


They may have the same scale and be interchangeable but surely it doesn't exactly make them the same instrument? I get what you mean though.
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They're completely different. Mandolins have 8 steel strings while ukuleles have 4 nylon ones, the sound is completely different.

Yes they are different in this way, but you can very easily put a set of ukulele strings on a Mandolin and be fine. No you can not do the same with the Ukulele.

Even the finger positions for notes are the exact same, only they are different notes
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#14
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Yes they are different in this way, but you can very easily put a set of ukulele strings on a Mandolin and be fine. No you can not do the same with the Ukulele.

Even the finger positions for notes are the exact same, only they are different notes


I just played some ukulele chords I know on my mandolin and I'm afraid it sounded awful, I think you may be mistaken. Considering the fourth string of a ukulele is actually the second highest, whereas in a mandolin this is not the case at all.

I assume you meant "chords" rather than "notes" as you said that the notes are the same but they are different notes.
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#15
The scale length is the same, but that doesn't mean much. A violin has the same scale length too, and you'd never confuse it with either of them.

Two integral parts of the usual mandolin sound are the steel strings and the octaves, neither of which you're going to get on a ukelele. So beyond the ability to 'sorta-kinda' play mandolin pieces on a ukelele if you mess with the tuning, they're not interchangeable.