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How to Tune Your Ukulele?

VERY IMPORTANT TIPS: As a rule of thumb, check your ukulele tuning every 15 minutes.

A lot of new ukulele players don’t realize the ukulele has to be tuned frequently to maintain the best sound. Relatively low-price ukuleles require more frequent tuning whereas higher-end ukuleles often hold their tuning for longer.

1. Tune your ukulele quickly with a chromatic tuner

This tuning method works for almost any ukulele including soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles.

The fastest and easiest way to tune is to use a chromatic tuner. A chromatic tuner is a device that detects the pitch of a note as you pluck a string of the ukulele. With the aid of a chromatic tuner, you can quickly identify if you are sharp or flat (that is to say “too high” or “too low” in pitch) relative to the desired note.

2. Tune your ukulele with piano keys

The following figure shows a right-handed ukulele tuned to standard"reentrant"tuning.

As you can see, the top string or the forth string of the ukulele is tuned to a G; the third string is tuned to a C; the second string is tuned to an E; the first string is tuned to an A.

See how a ukulele is tuned on the piano keys.

Notes: G -the 4th string,  is higher than 3rd, and 2nd string!

If you donot have a chromatic tuner or a piano neaby to tune your ukulele, order a chromatic tuner as soon as possible or download a chromatic tuner app on your smartphone. The sooner you do this the easier it is tune!