Originally published on dolphinmusic.co.uk Wed January 07, 2009
If you want to know how to tune a ukulele, check out this handy guide.
Here's a great little online ukulele tuner. Make sure your new Uke is tuned to the right notes! There's few things worse than playing an out-of-tune ukulele... it's such an easy instrument to play, but if it's out of tune you'll think it's the hardest! below...
This tuner is for the standard G-C-E-A ukulele tuning. Click on the note for the string you want to tune and then turn the tuning knobs on your ukulele to match it up or down with the note that is being played. If you have a Banjo Ukulele, then the tunings are still the same, so this will work.
If your browser does not support Flash, simply tune your uke with the help of this video:
*For those of you who are beginners or are used to guitar tuning, to save confusion it would be worth mentioning to you that the top string (G) is supposed to be higher in pitch than the C and E below it.
However, any uke player is advised to have their own tuner, for extra convenience, especially if you own a cheaper uke, which can go out of tune more easily than the more expensive models.
Ukulele Tuners & Accessories
If you want a REAL tuner for your ukulele, then the best choices are the clip-on Chromatic Tuners, here's a selection of our bestselling models and a few essential ukulele accessories that won't let you down:
Korg Pitchhawk U2 Ukulele Tuner
The Korg Pitchhawk U2 Ukulele Tuner provides everything you need in a ukulele tuner. Quick and easy to use, it clips on to the headstock of your ukulele and provides you with accurate tuning every time!
Black Rat SUVM-A100 Ukulele, Violin & Mandolin Stand
The Black Rat SUVM-A100 Ukulele, Violin & Mandolin Stand is a great way to keep your ukulele safe. Considering their so small, they can be prone to being knocked over or bumped, so why not make them pride of place on a shelf or in a room within your house? This high quality ukulele stand will help to stop your ukulele being knocked about and encourage you to play it more by being out for all to see.
Stagg Ukulele Trigger Capo
When you want to experiment with alternate keys, you'll need a capo! The Stagg Ukulele Trigger Capo is the perfect option and extremely affordable too. The trigger release makes it easy to attach and the Matte chrome aluminium ensures this thing lasts a lifetime!
The ukulele is a great instrument all round and makes a fantastic gift. Be sure to check out PMT's exciting range of ukuleles, we have everything you could possibly want from beginner to professional models, traditional colours to rainbow ukes, bargain instruments from just £20 and top of the range ukes that are worth an extra penny. We also have a bunch of accessories for your uke, and some beautiful ukulele cases to keep your treasure protected. See our full range of ukulele's, cases and Ukulele accessories here.
Some Well-Known Ukers
Possibly the most well known “Ukers” of the UK are the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, who formed in 1985 and have been bringing us fun, originality and quirkiness ever since. Covering a vast spectrum of music, from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana, the UOGB takes audiences on a world tour with a consistent thread of humour, virtuosity and entertainment.
The UOGB are also said to have had an influence on the recent ukulele revival that is now sweeping the globe. With superstars like Beirut, Noah and the Whale and Taylor Swift including the Uke in their music, the instrument is simply becoming more and more popular. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before the piano and the guitar are banished from the beginner pedestal and the Uke takes over.
As the ukulele’s popularity is increasing, the number of people interested in picking one up is increasing right along with it and with PMT’s amazing ukuleles; maybe it’s your turn to give the Uke a whirl.
Check out a full selection of Ukulele's over at PMT Online.