How to Tune a Ukulele

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The ukulele is a musical instrument that resembles a guitar though is smaller in size. It has four strings or nylons which are plucked with the thumb together with your fingertip.

Have you ever considered playing an instrument as a way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Well, probably not. Scientific studies show that playing one has many health-related benefits.

These benefits include; improved brain function, increased eye-hand coordination, lowers stress levels and that’s why you should consider getting a ukulele.

What is the origin of the Ukulele?

The instrument earned the name which translates to leaping fleas due to the rapid movement of fingers when playing it. It has gained global popularity over the years.

The instrument was popularized by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, a musician from Hawaii who was known to incorporate ukulele into different genres of music such as reggae and jazz.

With the invention of YouTube, videos posted quickly went viral with millions of views. Such video belongs to Jake Shimabukuro.

What are the types of ukulele?

The instrument comes in four different types depending on the size. They include:

  • Soprano is the smallest measuring 20 inches and the most common due to its size and its ability to produce the typical ukulele pitch
  • Concert stands at 23 inches with a more significant body and longer neck making it easier to use. It has a louder ball
  • The tenor is considered popular with a deeper pitch just like the classical guitar. It measures 26 inches
  • The baritone is the largest of the four at 30 inches. It has a deeper tone and is the least used

How do you tune a ukulele?

Just like any new habit, tuning the ukulele takes much practice and a lot of patience. Lucky for you, you can do it in several ways depending on which one works for you. These methods are:

  • To begin with, be sure to learn the layout of your instrument and memorize the string pitches. It depends on the type of ukulele you have.
  • The next step is to identify the tuning pegs located on both sides of the headstock.
  • Locate the strings by using the numbers and then find the frets on your instrument. Tuning the knobs affects the pitch
  • When you learn these basic skills, then you are ready to get your tone. To optimize your ukulele, you should match its sound to a different instrument of your choice. It could be a piano, pitch pipe or an electronic tuner.

There is, however, a more applicable tuning method which allows you to tune all the four strings to one another. They are, A, C, E, and G. This method is not accurate since it limits your ability to play with other people.

Tips on tuning a ukulele

To optimize a ukulele is a skill that you can bag with the right kind of information. The Ukulele App is available for iOS devices and is considered helpful due to the array of song tutorials and note charts. Most often, your instrument may fail to tune and is usually common if it’s a new one. Play more, and the strings will settle in.

Mandi hutchingson is a talented musical act who is as skilled with song writing and vocal technique as she is on the drums, piano and ukulele. She loves music and is able to learn it by watching and listening. Mandi has a YouTube channel on which she shares her many talents, including regular ukulele numbers. Mandi has been playing the ukulele for almost 8 years and has developed into one of the brightest ukulele prodigies of her generation. When she is not playing music, Mandi engages in small community outreach programs to help the homeless access food and temporary shelter. She spends her Sundays playing ukulele at the center to raise awareness and funds for the needs of the homeless in her area of residence.

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