Terminology - top, high, up...

  1. 5 years ago

    Coming from a guitar background, I have always used the labels "up/down/high/low/top/bottom..." to describe pitch. To me, "up the neck" means towards the bridge. The top string is the first string...
    Other folks talk about "up/down/high/low/top/bottom..." in terms of gravity or distance from the floor. To them, up the neck means closer to the nut, The top string is the one farthest from the floor.

    Now I come to talk about a ukulele or a 5 string banjo, which are both in re-entrant tuning, so the bottom string is no longer the lowest pitched. Could someone tell me how these terms apply to the ukulele.

    When you hear someone say "up the neck" how do you interpret it?
    When you hear The top three strings, do you think 1,2 & 3 or 2, 3 & 4?
    Is the top string the G or the A?

    I know I'll never get used to calling the 4th string the top or high string, but I want to be able to understand folks on this forum.

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