How To Tune A Ukulele

Ukulele is associated with Hawaii which is a kind of small guitar made up of four strings. The ukulele is played just like a guitar with tuning going from top to the bottom.

It comes in four sizes which are the soprano, the concert, the tenor, and the baritone. The beginners usually start with the soprano type since it is not so costly and is also easy to play, while the experienced ones who know how to play a guitar generally play baritone type.

Baritone type of ukulele is made for experts and costs for a few thousand dollars. Ukuleles which are made of low quality wood are generally low in cost while some other ukuleles which are made of high quality of wood are costlier.

Ukulele has a shape as that of a guitar but can have some variable shapes also which include oval shaped, boat shaped, etc.

The standard tuning which is used in soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles is known as C-tuning which is tuned to g’c’e’a while the baritone type of ukuleles is tunes to d’g’b’e which flows from low to high. Another common tuning used in sopranos and concerts is D-tuning which is tuned as a’s’f#’b’.

This tuning is generally higher than that of C-tuning. D-tuning produces a sweeter tone in smaller ukuleles. For a beginner, tuning the ukulele can be a difficult task to do but practicing more of it makes it quite easier.

The music which we hear out of a ukulele is based on its tuning, so the better the tuning, better will be the sound produced. Sometimes tuning a ukulele can prove out to be fun and can help the child get involved in the music. Some steps which can be followed for proper tuning of your ukulele include:

  • For tuning the ukulele you have to use an instrument which acts as a reference point and a piano or a guitar serves this purpose.
  • Press the lower G on your ukulele and rotate the button corresponding to that until you are able to match your ukuleles tone with the reference tone.
  • In the same manner, also tune the other three strings. Keep playing the reference tone till all your strings get matched with it.
  • Now press the fifth button of the low G string and shift from the G string to the C string which will make a match. If they do not match rotate the tuning button of the C string until they get matched.
  • Now E string is tested by pressing down it to the C string till they match.
  • Verification is done if the A string is tuned by pressing it to the E string. Make the necessary adjustments you have to tune them.

Tuning should be done properly and with great care else you will make your ukulele get damaged. If it is not possible for you to tune it in the beginning then you can take the help of some experienced person.