If you have just purchased a ukulele and need to know how to tune it – carry on reading.
Different ukuleles can hold their tune better than others, but every uke player will need to learn how to do this.

Standard Ukulele Tuning
As standard, ukulele’s are usually tuned ‘GCEA’, also known as ‘C Tuning’. See below:

So – how do you tune it?

The most common way of doing this is by using pitchpipes or a digital tuner.

If you are tuning your ukulele on a piano you can also reference the notes you should be playing on the picture above.
Whichever method you are using to tune your ukulele, here is what you have to do:

1. Pluck the correct string on your ukulele at the same time as playing the note on whichever method you have chosen.

2. Turn the tuning pegs on your ukulele until the notes sound exactly the same and the ‘warbly’ sound disappears.

Other Ukulele Tunings:
The beauty of owning a ukulele is its versatility. People like to tune their ukulele’s in different ways. Here are some more popular ways of tuning:

Baritone Tuning (D,G,B,E) – This is often used to tune baritone ukuleles and tenor ukuleles. Also known as ‘G Tuning’.

Slack-Key Tuning (G,C,E,G) – When the strings are ‘open’ and you strum them in this tuning method, you are strumming a C major chord.

English Tuning (A,D,F#,B) – Great for soprano ukuleles, with a sweeter tone. Also known as ‘D Tuning’.

Canadian Tuning (Low A, D, F#, B) – This is the same as English tuning, but with a low C. Great for tenor ukuleles.


About the author

Jack is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Normans Musical Instruments and has been in this post since September 2012 after Graduating from University with a degree in Music. Jack's expertise is in guitars, technology and live sound although he does have a very well rounded knowledge of all aspects of Music.




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