How to Use a Ukulele Tuner

Understanding your ukulele tuner is imperative in order to get the most enjoyment from playing your instrument. You’re going to want to become excellent at tuning up in order to please your ears as well as the ears of your audience.

In order to effectively tune up your ukulele, you’ll make use of two key tools: you’ll be using your ears, as well as the actual tuner.

Your auditory sense is the most basic tuner you have at your disposal, but not all people have an excellent sense of pitch at the start. Therefore, the first step is to use a tuner that will ensure you're exceptionally accurate.


Here's a handy uke tuner!

Uke Tuner


Basic Tuning Tips

Once you begin practicing the tuning procedure, you’ll discover that this is a simple process.

You can find an online tuner and then all you need to do is to click the note you want to tune on your tuner and then observe and compare how its sound differs or matches with your ukulele. Play them together and if you hear dissonance, then your instrument is “out of tune” with the tuner.


The best way to get good at this procedure is to hum the tone and “get it” in your head.

As you hear the sound in your head, pluck your string and compare the two sounds.

Turn the tuning pegs on your ukulele until the two sounds match one another. Once they match, you’re in tune!

Understand that if the pitch you’re hearing from your instrument is lower than the pitch from your tuner, then your ukulele is flat. If the pitch from your ukulele is higher than the pitch from your tuner, then your instrument is sharp. Simply adjust your tuning peg accordingly.

Types of Ukulele Tunings

I want to make mention of the standard ukulele tuning. This is the most common way to tune up your musical instrument.

Standard tuning is used for soprano, tenor and concert ukuleles. This is also referred to as the 'C tuning'.

The top most string or the 4th string is tuned to G. The 3rd string is tuned to C. The second string is tuned to E and the last string is tuned to A. You can use the piano keys as a guide.

Other types are the baritone tuning or the D-G-B-E, lack-key tuning or the G-C-E-G, English tuning or the A-D-F#-B and the Canadian tuning or the low A-D-F#-B.

Chromatic Tuners

Another way to tune your ukulele is through the use of a chromatic tuner. Just get yourself the most reliable and high quality chromatic tuner you can find and use it to tune your instrument.

This device will instantly provide you with accurate readings as you’re guided to the correct tuning. Old models of chromatic tuners are used by attaching them directly to the ukulele's headstock.

On the other hand, the latest chromatic tuners are quite easy to use as they make use of LED digital displays that effectively help you indicate how close you are to the right pitch.

Always keep in mind that the original uke tuner is your ear. Modern devices such as a digital uke tuner or the downloadable online versions are just there to assist and guide you. After all, even when utilizing them, you will still need to use both ears.

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