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Bboy POK
07-23-2009, 09:25 AM
Hey. I just got my first uke yesturday and ive been wondering how to tune it.
I've looked it up online but I still can't quite get it and i've been dying to start learning.

I ordered a Mahalo soprano Ukulele with guitar tuners.
http://cgi.ebay.com/MAHALO-SOPRANO-UKULELE-OUTFIT-WITH-GUITAR-TUNERS-NEW_W0QQitemZ320392349184QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4a98df4600&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A2127|293%3A1| 294%3A50


I'm new to this so I'm not really sure what to do. If anyone could help me with this problem I would really appreciate it. Thank you :]

russ_buss
07-23-2009, 09:29 AM
welcome to UU! this should help.

http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/12/27/uke-minutes-33-how-to-tune-your-ukulele/

KC8AFW
07-23-2009, 09:30 AM
If you have Windows and a microphone on your computer...you can use this free program: http://www.aptuner.com/cgi-bin/aptuner/apmain.html

Joe F
07-23-2009, 10:21 AM
Hey. I just got my first uke yesturday and ive been wondering how to tune it.
I've looked it up online but I still can't quite get it and i've been dying to start learning.

I ordered a Mahalo soprano Ukulele with guitar tuners.
http://cgi.ebay.com/MAHALO-SOPRANO-UKULELE-OUTFIT-WITH-GUITAR-TUNERS-NEW_W0QQitemZ320392349184QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4a98df4600&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A2127|293%3A1| 294%3A50


I'm new to this so I'm not really sure what to do. If anyone could help me with this problem I would really appreciate it. Thank you :]


Hi,
I have a Pitch Pocket HST and it just clips on to the top of your Uke. It tunes by "feeling" the vibrations caused by plucking each string. It will do standard C tuning GCEA on Ukes, Guitar tuning and others. It can also be used as microphone tuner. I paid about $30 for mine and it goes everywhere with me. Never be out of tune again with this little beauty! I just noticed your Uke came with a "tuner" which turns out to be a pitch pipe that you blow through. Although these work fine they depend on your ear. That can be good or bad depending on how you are able to detect pitch. For me, my ears could not tune well enough with the pitch pipe. With the Pitch Pocket or other electronic digital tuners you don't worry about your current ability. You get it right every single time you tune your Uke. In turn your ear is "trained" accordingly.

toubisard
07-23-2009, 10:52 AM
Keep tuning over and over again on new strings. You will soon pick it up and and learn a lot about your ukulele. Try playing a simple scale and comparing the notes on you tuner (if you have one). Don't give up if it sounds wrong it comes with practice,
Good luck

ukulelearp
07-24-2009, 08:54 AM
Hi,
I have a Pitch Pocket HST and it just clips on to the top of your Uke. It tunes by "feeling" the vibrations caused by plucking each string. It will do standard C tuning GCEA on Ukes, Guitar tuning and others. It can also be used as microphone tuner. I paid about $30 for mine and it goes everywhere with me. Never be out of tune again with this little beauty! I just noticed your Uke came with a "tuner" which turns out to be a pitch pipe that you blow through. Although these work fine they depend on your ear. That can be good or bad depending on how you are able to detect pitch. For me, my ears could not tune well enough with the pitch pipe. With the Pitch Pocket or other electronic digital tuners you don't worry about your current ability. You get it right every single time you tune your Uke. In turn your ear is "trained" accordingly.


I have the same tuner, but it's a different brand. I think a bunch of different brands just slap their name on the same tuner. Either way, a chromatic tuner should be useful. In addition to helping you tune the ukulele, it works for other instruments, like guitars.

AnnaUK
07-25-2009, 01:14 PM
I paid about $30 for mine and it goes everywhere with me.

Me, too! I always have a tuner in my jacket pocket as you never know when you'll find an instument at a friend's house, junk shop, garage sale etc.

It'll be the best uke accessory you ever buy :)

Welcome to UU

martin2787
07-31-2009, 03:44 PM
If you have Windows and a microphone on your computer...you can use this free program: http://www.aptuner.com/cgi-bin/aptuner/apmain.html I just tryed that program out and found it a little hard to comprehend.
Ive been using a browser app, works great http://www.seventhstring.com/tuner/tuner.html

sophie358
08-01-2009, 03:09 AM
i find tuning by ear really hard. I tried it on many different programes on the internet after a man at a music shop told me a chromatic tuner would cost me 20 (i couldn't afford it) But i found one of ebay for 4 and it was the best purchase i could have made!

EdLew1s
08-05-2009, 06:53 AM
I've got the same uke as you!!!! The tuning is GCEA but before you start playing, buy aquilas strings.... They're amazing and sound way better the the ones that come with it!

UkuEroll
08-05-2009, 08:15 AM
Me, too! I always have a tuner in my jacket pocket as you never know when you'll find an instument at a friend's house, junk shop, garage sale etc.

It'll be the best uke accessory you ever buy :)

Welcome to UU

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