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The Pinneapple Pirate
11-27-2009, 08:45 AM
I've noticed mine's been going out of tune and needing tuning usually every other day. Not a huge hassle since it doesn't take long, but I've been wondering if it's normal or if it's a problem with the strings or something?

bbycrts
11-27-2009, 08:50 AM
I've noticed mine's been going out of tune and needing tuning usually every other day. Not a huge hassle since it doesn't take long, but I've been wondering if it's normal or if it's a problem with the strings or something?

I tune them every time I play them. They both hold tuning pretty well (after a long settling period), but they still need a little adjusting every time.

haolejohn
11-27-2009, 08:53 AM
How old are your strings? My koalohas and my mele seldom need tuning. I still check almost everytime I play then but usually they only need minor adjusting.

thejumpingflea
11-27-2009, 08:59 AM
When I am just dinking around I tune them every few hours depending on the area I am playing. (Cold weather = more tuning)

If I am performing it is usually after every song.

Lori
11-27-2009, 09:00 AM
I check tuning just before playing every day. I usually have to adjust it a little, but often, especially on the Kalas, they are still in tune. I adjust tuning during playing, if it starts to sound a little "off". I think weather is a factor, as well as playing style.
–Lori

SailQwest
11-27-2009, 09:12 AM
It depends on where we are. Heat/humidity changes can make a big difference in how well an instrument stays in tune.

When we are home, which is a sailboat in the Caribbean, the climate is so stable that we only have to tune every couple of days.

However, when we are staying in the mountains of New Mexico, where humidity is low and temperature changes can be dramatic, we often have to tune between songs.

Our ukuleles apparently prefer the tropical climate, not unlike myself. :D

The Pinneapple Pirate
11-27-2009, 09:20 AM
It depends on where we are. Heat/humidity changes can make a big difference in how well an instrument stays in tune.

When we are home, which is a sailboat in the Caribbean, the climate is so stable that we only have to tune every couple of days.

However, when we are staying in the mountains of New Mexico, where humidity is low and temperature changes can be dramatic, we often have to tune between songs.

Our ukuleles apparently prefer the tropical climate, not unlike myself. :D

yeah i didn't really think about that
i live in a desert so there's very low humidity, and the temperature likes to change from hot to cold quite a bit now that it's getting into winter time

ChamorroDT
11-27-2009, 09:21 AM
I tune mine every time I play it. Just to be safe. Not even play it actually, sometimes I'll just take it out of the case and tune it. Haha.

ukecantdothat
11-27-2009, 09:38 AM
Every time I play is the short answer. The long answer is, if you stretch your strings well, there should only be minor adjustments to get the uke in tune with itself. If you're playing with other tuned instruments, there's nothing like a digital tuner to get everyone on the same pitch. If you bend notes a lot, you will need periodic tuning to stay spot-on. At gigs, I'll check my tuning between every song, especially in the first set. New strings take a while to break in. I usually put a string on, tune it well sharp, then stretch the bejesus out of it, tune it sharp again, stretch it flat again, and repeat that until the mega stretching causes no significant drop in pitch. Nylon strings will continue to stretch over time, so I don't put too many winds on the peg when I string up. If you are using friction pegs, make sure the tension screw is tight (but not over-tight).

experimentjon
11-27-2009, 10:33 AM
If the strings are super new, then once ever 30 min. If the strings are a few days to a week old then maybe once a day. Otherwsie, once a week or less, whenever it sounds a little off. I'm lazy. :D

Bluke
11-27-2009, 11:31 AM
Check your tuning often throughout your playing session. When it is out of tune, tune it. ??

ukecantdothat
11-27-2009, 02:51 PM
Check your tuning often throughout your playing session. When it is out of tune, tune it. ??In a recording session, I'll check the tuning on every take, because I'm anal that way (but ONLY that way...).

MisoHappy
11-27-2009, 06:29 PM
......after songs with hard strumming, so not very often......

clayton56
11-27-2009, 09:41 PM
I tune my uke all the time, but I haven't found myself yet. Guess it's a zen thing.

Pippin
11-28-2009, 12:26 AM
I tune every time I play, and then, multiple times. That is not uncommon for me with any instrument, except the bow psaltery. They don't need frequent tuning being strung with piano-wire.

Ukuleles, especially solid wood ukes, need frequent tuning when changes occur in atmospheric conditions, the heat goes on and off a lot, like here in the Midwest in winter. An out-of-tune instrument drives me nuts.

keithy351
11-28-2009, 03:16 AM
im lazy so i tune every couple of days, no biggy my ears begining to become a bit better in the sence that i can hear when shes a bit out of tune and can tune it up without needing a tuner, and im usually pretty close

freedive135
11-28-2009, 05:01 AM
It seems that all my ukes other than my flea the strings have settled in so I rarely have to fiddle with tuning...

My Flea on the other hand lives in my backpack which goes with me everywhere the other morning it was 27deg out and 72deg where I work so it is always going out of tune.

I did have to do some tuning to the Uke I was playing on turkey day I took it from the basement out to the sunshine and after a few min. it went quite sharp#.

sebi
11-28-2009, 05:29 AM
I always tune my ukuleles before I play them. All of them hold the tuning pretty well, but I like playing them when they're perfectly tuned. I do the same when I play my basses and guitars.

Tuning = maximun fun :D

euchre
11-28-2009, 05:41 AM
Every time I play is the short answer. [snip]

What he said

buddhuu
11-28-2009, 10:20 AM
When I am just dinking around I tune them every few hours depending on the area I am playing. (Cold weather = more tuning)

If I am performing it is usually after every song.

Same as that.

Zaza The Rebel
11-28-2009, 11:23 AM
I tune it and stretch the strings before playing and after two or three songs. So far I haven't had any problems.

ukemike
11-28-2009, 12:49 PM
Y'all are crazy. I tune mine about once a month, or whenever I play with other people. It's never out of tune with itself, and it's rarely more than about 1/8 of a step out of tune.