How to tune a Ukulele

How to tune a Ukulele (1)

Almost everybody have a Ukulele tuner because they have a phone, and a possibility to download apps. But there is also other methods.

Before you can enjoy your Ukulele to play good Ukulele songs or just Ukulele chords progressions, you need to know how to tune your Ukulele. So – how to tune a Ukulele?

A Ukulele tuner

The simplest way to do this is with help from a Tuner. You can by a Tuner in shops  that will help you to Tune. It is several types of tuners, but the most common type to day is a Clip-on tuner that you just clip on to your Ukulele for tuning. The prices are about 10$ and up. It is a very convenient way to do it.

Tuner for Ukulele
All instrument tuner

Ukulele

 

If you have an electric acoustic Ukulele it is often supplied with a tuner along with the controls for the sound. This is great help to keep the Ukulele tuned.

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A Ukulele tuner app for your smart phone

An even more inexpensive way is to download a tuner to your Smart phone. Normally you can find a free version for iOS, Android and Windows. They are normally very good and easy to use. You always have with you your phone and then you also always have your tuner. Free versions of Ukulele tuning app often come with some advertisements.

Ukulele tuner. Lumia 640XL with Tuner app, ukulele, guitar
Microsoft phone with Tuner app
Ukulele tuner. Tuner on iPhone for Baritone, ukulele, guitar
Tuner app for iPhone for all Ukuleles and Guitars

You can of course also tune your Ukulele by hearing. See the article Baritone Ukulele Tuning



Ukulele types and tuning

Before you start you need to know what kind of Ukulele you have (See article: Ukulele Types).

 

If you have a:

    • sopranissimo or sopranino (piccolo or pocket): D5-G4-B4-E5 or C5-F4-A4-D5
    • Standard or soprano Ukulele: the most popular tuning is C-tuning: G4 C4 E4 A4. The re-entrant tuning is when the G string is an octave higher.
    • Standard or soprano Ukulele: another normal tuning is the D-tuning: A4 D4 F#4 B4. This is one step higher than the first. Some thinks the D-tuning bring out a sweeter tone in small Ukuleles. (We find the standard C tuned Ukulele more easy for beginners.) This tuning was normal during the Hawaiian music boom early in the 20th century, but it is still often used today. It is also called English Tuning
    • Concert or Super Soprano Ukulele: A4-D4-F#4-B4 or G4-C4-E4-A4 that is most common
    • Tenor Ukuleles: A4-D4-F#4-B4, G4-C4-E4-A4 (most common), G3-C4-E4-A4
    • Baritone Ukulele: D3-G3-B3-E4 this is called G-tuning
    • Bass Ukulele: E2-A2-D3-G3
    • Contrabass Ukulele: E1-A1-D2-G2

Other tunings.

Concert and Tenor Ukuleles also can have a “Canadian tuning”. The name comes from its use in the school system in Canada. This is a D-tuning with a low 4th. A3 D4 F#4 B4. Se the Ukulele history.

Sopranino, soprano and concert Ukuleles have most often re-entrant tuning, while the “lower pitched” instruments as tenor, baritone, bass usually have linear tuning, where the strings are tuned from low to high pitch.

Hawaiian Ukuleles can also be tuned to open tunings, similar to the Hawaiian slack key style. We will not come into this here but Slack-key Tuning (G, C, E, G) is if you strum the strings as open strings its a C major chord. The top G string can be tuned either to the G above middle C or down the octave (re-entrant or linear tuning)

So start your Tuner and tune your Ukulele 🙂

For detailed explanation for tuning all kinds of Ukuleles see the article about Baritone Ukulele Tuning.




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