Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the ukulele's construction supports it and a string is available.
There are three common tunings in popular use today, C, D and G tuning - with C tuning the most popular with two popular variations.
Re-entrant Ukulele Tuning?
If coming from the guitar where the strings are tuned low to high, ofter called a linear tuning. An instrument like the ukulele with a re-entrant tuning where the lowest note of the instrument might not be the lowest string can seem a little strange at first. This re-entrant tuning, which places all the notes of a chord within one octave is part of the unique ukulele sound. This tuning is especially common for the smaller soprano and concert ukuleles.
For C Tuning ( G C E A ) the above fretted notes are ALL the exact same pitch (A) when using the re-entrant tuning. And when using a low G string the A on the string four is one octave lower than the re-entrant tuning's string four A.
To tune the ukulele relative to itself, compare the fretted notes on string four ( closest to your nose ) fret(2), string three (fret 9), and string two (fret 5) to the open string one. Tune up or down to the match this open string one's note.
No Excuse For Being Out Of Tune
In this electronic age where it is better to ask, "Who doesn't make a clip on tuner?". Simply get an electronic tuner or download an app to your smart phone and get in tune.
Software and iPhone/iPad apps
Here are a few of the software tuners I've used. - The Peterson iStroboSoft is the software tuner I currently use on mu iPhone.
- or - just buy an electronic tuner and get in-tune quickly and accurate.
And - be sure to actually learn to tune by ear. If your ever stranded on a desert island and are without your tuner or have it with you and thye battery dies. You need to learn how to tune the uke to itself!!!
The Planet Waves, NS Micro Headstock Tuner is my favorite tuner. I have it on all my performance ukuleles. As well as the new Peterson StroboClip HD. I really have grown to like strobe tuners.
At our family music store, Funky Frets in Boyertown, PA USA we carry a lot of clip-on tuners and the one I carry with me all the time is either the Fender FT-004 or Ko'olau's O'ahu Chromatic Tuner. I clip one on in the morning at home as part of my `Ukulele uniform for the day. The repair and setup bench always has a Peterson Strobe Tuner fired up.
Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc.
Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc. is a music-electronics company founded by Richard H. Peterson in 1948. The Peterson company introduced the first commercial hand held electronic tuner for musicians, the Model 70, in 1964, and later its models of strobe tuners became popular among touring and studio musicians such as the Grateful Dead, The Who, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and Neil Young. Since its inception the company has also contributed notable inventions and innovations to the electronic organ, and its products are in use in many thousands of pipe organs, and hundreds of thousands of electronic organs, worldwide.
Peterson StroboClip HD Clip-On Tuner
Clip-on tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, dobro, brass and woodwind instruments, violin, steel guitar, bagpipes, and more.
The StroboClip HD (SC-HD) features a high-definition, real-time tuning display that delivers 1/10th cent (1/1000th of a semitone or fret) tuning accuracy. It comes complete with alternate temperaments for a vast array of string, brass, and wind instruments. Over 50 exclusive, preset Sweetened Tunings are onboard to help correct inherent tuning issues exhibited by many instruments. Designed and engineered by Peterson Strobe Tuners - pioneers in the field of tuning and metronome equipment.
Peterson StroboPlus HD Desktop Strobe Tuner
Desktop strobe tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, dobro, Buzz Feiten, brass and woodwind instruments, violin, steel guitar, pedal steel, bagpipes, and more.
Charge up this large-screen chromatic StroboPlus HD tuner (with over 90 Sweetened tunings) and use the built-in microphone or ¼” input to plug in and tune it’s that simple! Edit with software to customize this tuner to be precisely what you want it to be!
Peterson StroboStomp HD
Pedal strobe tuner with true-bypass operation and buffered output tuning modes for guitar, bass, Buzz Feiten, steel guitar, pedal steel, and more.
The StroboStomp HD boasts a high-definition, LCD screen that incorporates a variable color LED backlight. The user-selectable colors can be used to personalize the tuner or to increase display viewing quality in different levels of ambient lighting depending on the usage environment. The vibrant screen colors can also be assigned to stock or user presets to significantly reduce menu navigation time and increase on-stage tuning confidence at the gig.
D'Addario NS Micro Sound Hole Tuner - PW-CT-15
- Perfect for Acoustic Guitars, Ukulele, and other acoustic instruments
- Fast, accurate response
- Non-marring sound hole clip
- Multi-color display
- Calibration range 410-480 Hz
Snark SN6 Clip-On Ukulele Tuner (Black)
Full Color Display, Display rotates 360 degrees for easy viewing. High sensitivity Vibration Sensor. Tuner can be used on front of back of headstock
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