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    Default Tuning using a Guitar Tuner

    Okay so I have been playing the Guitar for about a year and a while back I bought myself a tuner for it.
    http://www.lyonguitars.com/images/lsmt30.jpg
    It's a chromatic tuner.
    I was wondering could I use this tuner to tune a uke? And if so, do I keep it at 440 Hz?
    And I'm not even close to a beginner on the uke since I haven't gotten my uke yet.
    You're probably thinking "Why ask if you don't have a uke?"
    I'm asking ahead of time so that when it comes in the mail I can tune it as soon as possible and start learning/playing.

    Thanks in advanced,
    Levis.

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    It should work if it is a chromatic tuner. I bought a cheap guitar tuner that was electronic but not chromatic and it would only recognize EADGBE would not work for my Ukes GCEA and ADF#B. True chromatics recognize all notes. Keep it to 440.

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    Ahh, okay.
    When I turn it on and press mode there's 2 possibilities:
    Chromatic Pitch and Chromatic Flat.
    What do these mean?

    And thanks for helping me out, Ukuleleblues

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    yeah, a chromatic is exactly what you need. I have a regular guitar tuner that came with my first guitar, and I use that (until I buy a chromatic). What I do is I tune G,A,and E, and then tune C by ear using that "My Dog Has Flees" trick. It works well, but I could definitely do it better if I had a chromatic tuner. You're all set to play though.

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    Okay, I'll keep that in mind for when I get my ukulele.
    I hear my friends and others talk about this "My Dog has Fleas" trick.
    I don't get it!
    Can someone explain it to me?

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    Not sure if your tuner has it but on my guitar tuner, I have to switch my tuner mode to BASS (for bass guitar I guess).
    6 strings = 2 strings 2 many

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    Quote Originally Posted by BboyEmperor View Post
    Okay, I'll keep that in mind for when I get my ukulele.
    I hear my friends and others talk about this "My Dog has Fleas" trick.
    I don't get it!
    Can someone explain it to me?
    my dog has fleas was what everyone used to say.
    g-my
    c-dog
    e-has
    a-fleas
    you cant tune using this, but if you dont have a tuner, as long as your A string is in tune,
    you can match:
    open "a" with the 5th fret on the e string.
    open "e" with the 4th fret on the c string.
    open "c" with the 5th fret on a low "G" string.
    or if you dont have a low g, match the 2nd fret on the g string with an open a string
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    what you can do is tune your E string to the high E on your guitar tuner, from there tune the rest of the strings to that one...

    depress the E string at the 5th fret to tune your A string.

    depress the C string at the 4th fret to tune it TO your E string.

    depress the G string at the 2nd fret to tune it TO your A string.

    now go back and check your G string tuning to your guitar tuner's G.

    and fine tune from there.

    or you can just go to:

    http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

    and sound it out.

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    What is a chromatic tuner and what other kinds are there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NukeDOC View Post
    what you can do is tune your E string to the high E on your guitar tuner, from there tune the rest of the strings to that one...

    depress the E string at the 5th fret to tune your A string.

    depress the C string at the 4th fret to tune it TO your E string.

    depress the G string at the 2nd fret to tune it TO your A string.

    now go back and check your G string tuning to your guitar tuner's G.

    and fine tune from there.

    or you can just go to:

    http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

    and sound it out.
    So I can start off with my tuner on and tune my G string as if it was a guitar G string?
    "depress the G string at the 2nd fret to tune it TO your A string."
    Did you mean the C string? Because you have already mentioned how to tune the A string.

    I'm still kinda confused...
    So it's like...
    1. Get the G string tuned with my tuner.
    2. From there hold on the G string at the 2nd fret and strum an open A string (or C string?) to tune it?
    3. Hold on the C string at the 4th fret and strum an open E string and match it to tune it?
    4. Then finally hold on the E string at the 5th fret and strum an open A string and match it to tune it?

    Sorry, I'm a big-time beginner.

    Do I do that or follow what "Kaneohe til the end" said to do?

    Main question:
    Tune the G or the A with my tuner at 440 Hz?

    Oh and, "Ukeguy510", It does not have a Bass mode.

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