If you overtighten it, it will be difficult to turn the tuning pin -- do not force it! Let’s examine the reasons why ukuleles won’t stay in tune, and also how to fix them. Ukulele tuning Ukuleles traditionally have four strings, and the most common tuning is G-C-E-A (also called the C or C6 tuning and sometimes just the G tuning). rev 2021.1.21.38376, The best answers are voted up and rise to the top, Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled, Start here for a quick overview of the site, Detailed answers to any questions you might have, Discuss the workings and policies of this site, Learn more about Stack Overflow the company, Learn more about hiring developers or posting ads with us. In fact, it’s more common than you think, and new ukuleles tend to fall out of tune a few minutes later. The strings on a ukulele are numbered 4-3-2-1. Or maybe the slot needs to be widened a bit. UkuleleWorld © 2019-2020. If it doesn't settle down after a reasonable bedding in period I would take it back to the shop. G ♯ 2 B 2 E 3 A 3 C ♯ 4 E 4. To refer to the strings on your ukulele correctly, hold it with the fret board pointing up. The easiest way to tune any ukulele is to use an electronic tuner. A standard ukulele is tuned to a high G. Now, what high G means is that the G string is set higher than the C string. I don't know if it depends on strings or on the instrument itself, but it means that in some cases (at some frequencies) the distance between two neighbor frets differs from semitone. Standard tuning of GCEA applies to tenor, soprano, and concert ukuleles, while standard tuning of DGBE applies to baritone and alternative ukuleles. It can get annoying and hectic, that’s for sure, but there’s a good side to it! New strings take a while to settle in so don’t get discouraged if you need to tune your ukulele every couple of minutes. If the string is new or never been tuned up to pitch before then it might not have bedded in yet - nylon strings can take a good few days to settle down. It may be that the nut C string slot is not sufficiently deep and is stopping the string from fretting correctly....though that should have lesser effect the further from the nut that you get ,or that the fret wires are uneven and raised on that course.....though that would mean that every fret would have to be likewise .....is the neck twisted .....look down it at eye level.....these are just cursory checks though.. If it's the machine head slipping or the intonation, you'll have to return it. A high-g is traditional and is tuned to the G above middle C (called “re-entrant”). As discussed above, the ukulele starts you off in a tricky position, with the highest string in the place you expect to find the lowest. Whenever your ukulele goes out of tune, you must re-tune it. Repeat until stretching no longer makes your string go flat. Since new pegs are fairly inexpensive should I get some, and if so which type? Tip: The size of your ukulele will determine the standard tuning of your instrument. This means that the thickest string on the ukulele is normally the C string. When looking at your ukulele, the A string is your “First string”, the E string is your “Second string”, the C string is your “Third string… Instead, make sure you read enough reviews about the ukulele you’ll invest in to make sure that the ukulele actually stays in tune with time. The simplest way is to tune all strings with help of tuner. How to accomplish? Tip: Here are some signs to help you determine whether your ukulele is too dry: dipping bridge area, low fret action, cracks in the joints of the wood, splits, sharp fret ends, and buzzing. level 1 If it's the strings, a new set will sort you out. Stack Exchange network consists of 176 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Interesting. The tuning peg is faulty (or badly adjusted as per Celeb Hines answer). It can't hurt to ask a shop to take a look, even if you didn't buy it locally. Step 2: Stretch each string. However, if you can hear some intervals besides unison, the result of tuning open C-string to any other should be much better as well. So, if parents are tuning their D string while doing ukulele open tuning, and the tuner says their string is playing a C, their first step is to trace the D string to the right tuning knob, then turn it a tiny bit to see which way makes the note go up in pitch. The third-string C equals middle C on a piano. As for your second question, ukulele's pins turn easier than guitar's ones, so strings will become out of tune in a shorter time, it's a common problem. Asking for help, clarification, or responding to other answers. You will first tune the top string to D that is below middle C. Loosen the string, then tighten until the sound is identical.