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Martynas
03-29-2016, 06:03 AM
i just bought my first ukulele makala mk-s and when i strum it it sounds like ukulele of death not of joy and happines. its just my strumming or instrument? :D i tunned it with android app and also checked it on google page where i can hear all strings how they sound and it sounded exactly like there i dont know whats the problem? and also when i tune them strings feels really relaxed, i mean i can drag 3 of them one pile easily

Martynas
03-29-2016, 06:14 AM
i just bought my first ukulele makala mk-s and when i strum it it sounds like ukulele of death not of joy and happines. its just my strumming or instrument? :D i tunned it with android app and also checked it on google page where i can hear all strings how they sound and it sounded exactly like there i dont know whats the problem?

jollyboy
03-29-2016, 06:26 AM
Beware the ukulele of death...

Could be the strings - a new Makala might have had Aquilas put on it but then again it might not. If not it might have stock nylon strings on it, which aren't always so great.

Could be the tuning - a clip on tuner would serve you well here just to be sure that you are tuning up okay. Floppy strings sounds a bit suspicious.

Could just be you :p

Kyle23
03-29-2016, 06:28 AM
A sound sample would really tell us what's wrong.

wayfarer75
03-29-2016, 06:37 AM
Can you be more specific? "Ukulele of death" doesn't tell me what's wrong with the sound.

Martynas
03-29-2016, 06:39 AM
it was my bad. but the ukulele really sounded awful. i watched one video where he said factory relax ukes before shipping so first time you tune you have to tune it a lot i mean spin those things. and yeah its ok now and im learning few strumming patterns :)

Picker Jon
03-29-2016, 07:54 AM
Death Uke, a sub-genre of Death Metal maybe?

spookelele
03-29-2016, 09:53 AM
Have you looked for recordings of your uke on youtube to know if youre in the ballpark?

DownUpDave
03-29-2016, 10:33 AM
All ukuleles should have a name........your ukulele of death is now known as the "Grim Reaper"

When strings are new they continue to stretch and sound like death at first. Play it for 4-6 hours to let them stretch and settle before calling it bad names

cml
03-29-2016, 11:19 AM
I dunno, I got a nice Korala all plastic polycarbonate ukulele yesterday and even that sounds pretty good. Suprisingly good infact!
Try a string change!

stevepetergal
03-29-2016, 11:58 AM
Ukulele of Death? Yeah, sounds like the Makala I had.

Mivo
03-29-2016, 12:04 PM
A possible cause is that you might strum the "wrong" way. Like, hitting the strings in a way where you mute them.

Perhaps this helps:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoalVl5ikL4

Ukejenny
03-29-2016, 12:17 PM
If your strings are that loose and floppy, could it be that you have the octave too low on some of them? Just a guess.... They should be pretty taught and take a little effort to press them down to the fret. Also, when tuning G C E A, make sure the G string is the one closest to your chin when you are holding and strumming the uke.

Snargle
03-29-2016, 12:25 PM
If your strings are that loose and floppy, could it be that you have the octave too low on some of them? Just a guess.... They should be pretty taught and take a little effort to press them down to the fret. Also, when tuning G C E A, make sure the G string is the one closest to your chin when you are holding and strumming the uke.
I agree with jenny. It sounds like you might be tuned to the proper notes, but the wrong octave.

anthonyg
03-29-2016, 12:59 PM
Cheap beginners ukuleles can sound a little dead, However the first culprit is usually cheap strings. I've bought many ukuleles that sounded dead with the original strings that came to life after a string change.

Anthony

wayfarer75
03-29-2016, 01:25 PM
it was my bad. but the ukulele really sounded awful. i watched one video where he said factory relax ukes before shipping so first time you tune you have to tune it a lot i mean spin those things. and yeah its ok now and im learning few strumming patterns :)

LOL I did the opposite with my first uke, tuned mine too high.

UkerDanno
03-29-2016, 03:50 PM
Ukulele of Death? Yeah, sounds like the Makala I had.

haha...good luck with your Makala, Martynas!

I have friends with Makala baritone, tenor and concert...the baritone and tenor sound fine, the concert on the other hand sounds like krap! And the lady who has it leads a group and seems oblivious that the thing is so monotoned! You can hardly hear any difference in the chords.

Charley
03-29-2016, 04:11 PM
In the school where I teach music, including ukulele, we have about 30 Makala MKS's. They required a little breaking in before they would stay in tune, but the more we tune them and play them, the better they sounded. Definitely a cheap ukulele, and not without compromises - but they've done well for us.

I take it you're a beginning player, since you mentioned this is your first uke. I would suggest making sure you're not bending the strings up or downward when you're making chords; that was a problem for me when I was starting to play. That can make any ukulele sound out of tune. Just a thought.

JackLuis
03-29-2016, 07:46 PM
it was my bad. but the ukulele really sounded awful. i watched one video where he said factory relax ukes before shipping so first time you tune you have to tune it a lot i mean spin those things. and yeah its ok now and im learning few strumming patterns :)

It's worth it to have a clip on tuner, $5-10 on ebay. the ones with a Uke setting will keep you from tuning to the wrong octave.
You will probably have to tune up every hour for the first day, then every six hours, then every day and then one day it will hold tune for a week! Then one day, you'll decide to change strings and it will be the same for a week or so.

Inksplosive AL
03-29-2016, 10:55 PM
Try this!

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

~good luck~

Picker Jon
03-30-2016, 12:20 AM
On the other hand, you could modify you style slightly to suit your uke....


https://youtu.be/PtwXdKkO75E

Rllink
03-30-2016, 03:47 AM
I think that he figured out what was wrong. Post #6.

Inksplosive AL
03-30-2016, 06:50 AM
I think that he figured out what was wrong. Post #6.

Funny I would think it more like post #13. Unless of course you are saying everything past post #6 is useless fodder or simple babble... well then welcome to the jungle.

~:)~

Rllink
03-30-2016, 07:19 AM
#6


it was my bad. but the ukulele really sounded awful. i watched one video where he said factory relax ukes before shipping so first time you tune you have to tune it a lot i mean spin those things. and yeah its ok now and im learning few strumming patterns :)

Okay, whatever. Can we agree that he figured out the problem? "Useless fodder", I don't know, what do you think?

Twibbly
03-30-2016, 09:35 AM
I still want a recording so I can compare it to mine.

:D

RichM
03-30-2016, 09:40 AM
Funny I would think it more like post #13. Unless of course you are saying everything past post #6 is useless fodder or simple babble... well then welcome to the jungle.

~:)~

If I didn't want useless fodder or simple babble, I wouldn't pay for internet.

Ukejenny
03-30-2016, 01:51 PM
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!!!!


If I didn't want useless fodder or simple babble, I wouldn't pay for internet.

Peace Train
03-30-2016, 02:34 PM
i just bought my first ukulele makala mk-s and when i strum it it sounds like ukulele of death not of joy and happiness.

Ukulele of Death is a great name for a song. Or music group. And if nothing else works out, you could always strum a few bars then smash it up on stage.

Inksplosive AL
03-30-2016, 04:36 PM
If I didn't want useless fodder or simple babble, I wouldn't pay for internet.


Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!!!!

I'm not the one pushing the question has already been answered. Which if we are being honest here suggests everything past post #6 is useless or in the least that PickerJon's CC video is unwarranted. I only pointed out that saying it was already answered was as useless or unnecessary as well. Maybe dare I say more?

Clearly I enjoy the banter or I would be playing my ukulele.

When loosening the strings on my 20's-30's Harmony for storage I had much fun playing slack way out of tune strings. Its such a light build it was quite loud and very dissonant.

~AL~

mm stan
03-30-2016, 04:39 PM
easy way to know.. strum down on the strings.. do you have the my dog has flea melody...if not you tuning may be low or high on one or more strings

blodzoom
03-31-2016, 07:11 AM
Are you sure you're not an octave too low on all the strings? I don't think you should be able to get 3 strings to touch easily.


EDIT: And then I realized there's more than one page to the thread. Glad you got it figured out.

Martynas
03-31-2016, 07:39 AM
still im at 4th octave is that right for ukulele?

Inksplosive AL
03-31-2016, 09:27 AM
still im at 4th octave is that right for ukulele?

g4 C4 E4 A4 is standard tuning as shown here.

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

~:D~