Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Getting rid of the "BUZZ" sound?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    'Ewa Beach, Hawai'i
    Posts
    446

    Default Getting rid of the "BUZZ" sound?

    Hey everyone, I been playing my Kala solid spruce top concert ukulele and taking ukulele lessons for 2 weeks and I just noticed that I have a "buzz" sound when I play my ukulele. I asked my ukulele teacher about it and he recommend that I change my strings to a higher tension. What does that means? I'm clueless. Thanks for all your help.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    try guess
    Posts
    1,325

    Default

    new string time! mgm's strings
    "It`s great to want to be part of something, but it`s a different thing completely to believe wholly in some type of movement, and to give everything for that something."
    -Brandon Boyd, Incubus

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Corona, Ca
    Posts
    236

    Default

    I also have a Kala solid sprucetup and had the same problem with mine and the buzzing went away after the strings stretched out (the buzzing came from the E string vibrating on a fret wire). Since your uke is new your strings are probably still stretching. Your uke teacher suggested a higher tension string as a fix to get around that.

    Thing is .. of all my ukes this is the only one that I've experienced this with.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    da mainland, California
    Posts
    2,381

    Default

    could be that or if a fret is higher than another and when you press down it barely touches another fret causes a buzzing sound. that happened to me and my soprano uke, but i couldnt fix it so i donated it to my friend that was learning.

    but the stretching might be it too. but check to see if all the frets are even.

    do so by look at it when you press down starting from the first fret, and see if the string barely touches a fret when you pick.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    The Ranch,CO
    Posts
    909

    Default

    I have noticed too that when I dont press hard enough I get a buzzing sometimes, very noticable on my Kala Spruce top Tenor with J-71 strings.

    I took it in to my Uke guy he played around on it and couldn't get a buzz at all then I played for him and he said "press the strings harder and closer to the frets"
    Ukulele, the most fun I've had being bad at something!!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Coastal SC
    Posts
    1,632

    Default

    I read where the amount of presure you use to fret to get a clean sound is reduced to up by 80% once your technique matures. Keep practicing and you will sound better on hig tension and low tension strings.

    Do all of you matured players (not phyically old. just play well) remember how hard you had to press when you first started as compared to now?

    Another thing you can do is think of someone who ticks you off while playing, like your ex wife/girlfriend, kid in 3rd grade who pushed you in a ditch, parole officer, boss, etc. while playing. It might just naturally make you squeeze harder.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Brown County Indiana
    Posts
    7,227

    Default

    Buzzes can have alot of causes,loose tuning peg parts,uneven nut,sometimes the ends of your strings will buzz if they are too long.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Posts
    1,191

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hoosierhiver View Post
    Buzzes can have alot of causes . . . sometimes the ends of your strings will buzz if they are too long.
    I've had the too long string end buzz happen to me once.

    I also once had a really loud buzz develop on my National. I was busking that day and it was driving me mad. I'd hold it up closer to my ear and try single strings, different frets, different chords, etc. and wouldn't hear the buzz. As soon as I started in on a song... BZZZZ!

    Argh!

    Finally I looked down and noticed that I'd hung my glasses from the front of my shirt where they could touch the back of the uke.

    Doh!
    Howlin' Hobbit -- got uke?
    Howlin' on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Coastal SC
    Posts
    1,632

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Howlin Hobbit View Post
    Finally I looked down and noticed that I'd hung my glasses from the front of my shirt where they could touch the back of the uke.

    Doh!
    I've done that too, with buttons. Had all kind of theorys about the position and tension changing when I held it up to my ear. !!! WADF (I wonder if that is a known text abbeviation?)

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Montclair, CA
    Posts
    848

    Default

    When I started playing 6 weeks ago..... I would get the buzzing noise when a chord required more than 2 fingers to use. Specially when using my pinky and ring finger... I figured out that if I move my finger closer to the next fret, the buzzing would go away...well kinda. But I just kept practicing the same chords over and over and over again and not much buzzing noise any more.. Atleast on the chords I know how to hold (and my fingers to hurt as much).

    I have a Kala KA-KC

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Top 50 Ukulele Sites