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devino93
05-21-2009, 11:46 AM
I just got a lanikai concert uke yesterday, and I have attempted tuning it by ear. I succeeded in tuning it, but when I went to play it, it kept becoming out of tune. Is this because I need new strings, or just a digital tuner?....:eek:

Jraney
05-21-2009, 11:56 AM
New strings, it'll go out of tune almost instantly for a while. Just keep tuning and stretching the strings, just have to break them in.

devino93
05-21-2009, 12:00 PM
thanks. what's the best choice for strings and a tuner?

seeso
05-21-2009, 12:17 PM
There are many strings to choose from. These are the most popular strings:

D'addario - Sweetness (http://www.juststrings.com/dad-j92.html)
Aquila - Brightness, Loudness (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/strings-concert-aquila-high-g-concert-key-of-c.html)
Worth Brown - Warmth (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/worth-bc-balanced-string-set.html)

Any chromatic clip-on tuner will do. The one for sale at the UU store (http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/product/et-3000-clip-on-tuner) is good.

Here's a video (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/02/18/uke-minutes-5-how-to-re-string-your-ukulele/) to help you change your strings, and here's one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaawMj6W1dY) that shows you how to stretch them.

Ukulele JJ
05-21-2009, 12:20 PM
thanks. what's the best choice for strings and a tuner?

I think (and correct me if I'm wrong) that he didn't mean that you need new strings, but that the reason you're having tuning problems is because the ukulele has new strings.

New strings are like new leather shoes. It takes a bit of use before they "break in" and get nice and comfy.

Now if, after awhile, you're still having tuning issues, it might be a problem with the way the uke is set-up. But cross that bridge when and if you get to it.

JJ


P.S. I'm a fan of the Planet Wave clip-on tuner. But just about any clip-on, digital tuner should do the trick.

mrsdepp
05-21-2009, 03:08 PM
I realise I have this problem with my new uke too. There is this buzzing sound when i play it..

Ahnko Honu
05-21-2009, 03:25 PM
New strings need to set so it'll take a few times of retuning before they settke down. Also make sure the screw in your tuning pegs are tight enough or they will slip.

Ukuleleblues
05-21-2009, 04:36 PM
The nylon strings stretch when they are new. Sometimes (most times) a new string won't make it through 1/2 a song before going out of tune. A little tip, when the strings are new and you put it away for the night, or awhile tune it sharp, G# C# F A#. It will help stretch them out.

pithaya9
05-21-2009, 04:53 PM
It took about 5 days for my Aquila's to stretch out on both my Soprano & Concert.

generem
05-21-2009, 04:57 PM
It took my aquilas about 2 weeks to settle and a little more than 3 weeks for my Worth Browns...

Give it some time.. it will eventually settle and stay in tune.

Ukuleleblues
05-21-2009, 05:39 PM
It took about 5 days for my Aquila's to stretch out on both my Soprano & Concert.
And Aquilas are one of the faster strings to stabilize.

specialmike
05-21-2009, 05:46 PM
just jam on it for a couple of hours after putting on the new strings. And Jam hard on it too.

New strings for me typically are broken by the end of the next day. Either I play too much or I'm strumming tooooooo hard (unlikely). But no, I change my strings about... once a few months (2-5 months).

If it's still going out of tune, I'd check the tuners. :uhoh:

Ukuleleblues
05-21-2009, 05:49 PM
just jam on it for a couple of hours after putting on the new strings. And Jam hard on it too.

New strings for me typically are broken by the end of the next day. Either I play too much or I'm strumming tooooooo hard (unlikely). But no, I change my strings about... once a few months (2-5 months).

If it's still going out of tune, I'd check the tuners. :uhoh: Yes play it hard, Bend the notes and stuff, it will get the stretch out.

specialmike
05-21-2009, 05:59 PM
Yes play it hard, Bend the notes and stuff, it will get the stretch out.

good to see someone agrees :)

devino93
05-21-2009, 06:07 PM
yeah, supposedly my uke came equipped with new Aquila strings.

hawaiianmusiclover06
05-21-2009, 06:40 PM
New Strings. It takes time to stretch new strings. It took me about 2 weeks to have my D'Addarios strings to stretch.

Roy Jovero
05-21-2009, 06:44 PM
I got the D'Addario Pro Arte on my Kala tenor to stretch in only 2 days... Took the same strings to stretch 3 days on my soprano.

mrsdepp
05-22-2009, 05:34 AM
how would u know if the strings are stretched out?? .. I have been playing mine for about a week now and there is still this buzzing sound when i play my uke

seeso
05-22-2009, 06:50 AM
how would u know if the strings are stretched out?? .. I have been playing mine for about a week now and there is still this buzzing sound when i play my uke

Read this thread for help on buzz:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10546

spazus_maximus
05-22-2009, 07:00 AM
Sorry for the hijack....but I see colored strings on ukes every once in awhile....does anyone know what brands these may be....they look cool

hoosierhiver
05-22-2009, 07:13 AM
try this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tD2kZO_Tc0

seeso
05-22-2009, 07:45 AM
Sorry for the hijack....but I see colored strings on ukes every once in awhile....does anyone know what brands these may be....they look cool

Lucy's Color Strings are the only ones I know of.

MysticRatboy
05-23-2009, 10:42 AM
For a few weeks i had to retune for every song with my new ukes.

That video seems great to help shorten the time.