To make things easy for you, I've recorded a video to help you get to the Dead Hand tuning. You'll see that I've got the "re-entrant" thinner 4 string and this works fine. I'm experimenting with a Soprano ukulele and all is good!
But what can you do with this tuning?
Well, open tunings are often used by people who use slide, but that's not where I'm going with this. You can of course play chords although you'll find it a lot trickier to get the range that you would with the conventional GCEA tuning. I might share some of the basic chord "shapes" with you sometime.
I'm using it to pluck. Check out the snippet above from a tune I wrote a while back. You've got the unmistakable ukulele sound in a Bluegrass-type style. Now, isn't that an interesting concept! ;-)
Below is the same tune played on the banjo with a little accompaniment.