How to Tune your Ukulele

By Kalani • January 29th, 2013

Tuning your ukulele is easy when you know how. This post shows you how to tune you ukulele using a tuner and using relative tuning (without a tuner).

If you’re not familiar with the parts of your ukulele, watch this video that identifies the various parts of the ukulele by name before attempting to tune your ukulele. It will make it easier to follow the instructions!

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To Tune your Ukulele with a Tuner:

  1. Locate a pluck the G-strong with your tuner turned on. If the string is flat, raise the tension of the string until the tuner shows that the string is in tune. If the string is sharp (high), de-tune the string until it is flat, then raise the pitch until it is in tune.
  2. Repeat the above step for the C, E, and A strings.

Watch this video to see exactly how it is done.

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Tip: New sets of strings will go out of tune faster than sets that have had time to stretch and settle in. To speed up the string-stretching process, gently pull new string away from the body of the ukulele. Grab each string, one at a time, between your index finger and thumb, pulling it outward several times. This will cause the string to stretch and go flat. It will also help the strings maintain their pitch.

To Tune your Ukulele without a Tuner:

  1. Choose one string on your uke to which you will tune the other three strings. I recommend using the C-string. Make sure this string is close to standard pitch (not very flat or sharp).
  2. Place you finger on the G-string at the 5th fret and tune it until it matches the pitch of the C-string.
  3. Place your finger on the 4th fret of the C-string and tune the E-string until it matches the pitch of the C-string.
  4. Place your finger on the 5th fret of the E-string and tune the A-string until it matches the pitch of the E-string. You’re done!

Watch this video to see how to tune your ukulele without a tuner.

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