Here you'll learn some helpful tips on ukulele tuning - one for the Soprano, Concert and Tenor ukulele and the other for the Baritone ukulele. And if you have one of the 6 or 8 string tenor ukuleles you'll find tips on how to tune your ukulele too!
The easiest way to tune a ukulele?
Purchase one of the best tuners are a chromatic and clip on tuners. For me
personally, it’s the easiest, fastest and most inexpensive way to tune
any stringed instrument. Just turn the tuner on and pick the string!
You'll be surprised... I’m still using my original KORG Digital Chromatic Tuner I purchased when I was just 14 years old!! It’s still ticking!!
Isn't this amazing?
The basic 4 string ukulele consists of a G, C, E, A tuning. This is the standard tuning for all 4 stringed ukuleles - Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles.
What do you need? A handy ukulele tuner.
If you prefer tuning your uke the old way, this Korg CA-40 is an excellent recommendation. It has all the classic features of a chromatic tuner such as a wide detection range, large LCD display, auto power off, 3 year warranty, input and output, and many more.
Snark's SN-1 tuner features a full color 360 degree display, clips on anywhere on the headstock, and a metronome. It's affordable and recommended by the majority.
On the other hand, if you need to tune a baritone ukulele, that's a different story. It’s like tuning the last 4 strings of a standard guitar. It consists of a D, G, B, E tuning.
When you want to tune a 6 string uke, keep in mind that tuning it has the basic G, C, E, A tuning, with two additional strings. The two additional strings are paired with the C & A string. The additional “A” string is tuned to the same octave (sound pitch) as the other "A" string. The additional "C" string is either tuned an octave up or down. The string line up will be like this G, C, C, E, A, A.
It might sound complicated, but the truth is that it's really simple.
We're almost done...
Tuning a 8 string ukulele is similar to tuning a 6 string uke. It still consists of the basic G, C, E, A tuning, except each string is now paired together with another one. The additional "G" string is tuned either an octave up or down. The additional "C" string is tuned either an octave up or down. The additional "E" string is tuned in the same octave as well as the "A" string. The string line up will be like this G, G, C, C, E, E, A, A.
And there you have it. Tuning doesn't require a PhD... just go ahead and try it and you'll see how easy it is!
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