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SinisterDom
07-12-2008, 06:47 PM
I normally use a chromatic, but I occasionally use a Pitch Pipe, anyone here tune by ear? I try, but always mess up by going to high. :)

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-12-2008, 07:04 PM
i use a tuner... because u know?? im def from all the reggae i listen to so i can't by ear and im lazy... and my tuner cost $60 lmao.. =]

experimentjon
07-12-2008, 07:08 PM
http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

Haha, b/c I can't quite seem to get my Epiphone guitar tuner to work with my ukulele...maybe I'm not trying hard enough, but I suspect that it is simply unable to tune ukes. XD I do have a chromatic tuner from when I was in band, but I'm not quite sure where it is anymore...

And ukulele tuners are way too expensive.

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-12-2008, 07:11 PM
http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

Haha, b/c I can't quite seem to get my Epiphone guitar tuner to work with my ukulele...maybe I'm not trying hard enough, but I suspect that it is simply unable to tune ukes. XD I do have a chromatic tuner from when I was in band, but I'm not quite sure where it is anymore...

And ukulele tuners are way too expensive.

i think mines a guitar tuner, he told me if a tuner will tune a violin... it can tune an ukulele or something.

KiLO
07-12-2008, 08:38 PM
I use a clip-on tuner, like this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Intellitouch-PT1-Tuner-100844547-i1125547.gc

That is by far the best way to tune your uke, IMHO :D

Muugi
07-12-2008, 08:42 PM
I've been using AP Tuner for Windows (http://www.aptuner.com/cgi-bin/aptuner/apmain.html).

experimentjon
07-12-2008, 08:52 PM
I use a clip-on tuner, like this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Intellitouch-PT1-Tuner-100844547-i1125547.gc

That is by far the best way to tune your uke, IMHO :D

That one is definitely nice, but 50 dollars for a dedicated guitar/ukulele tuner is a bit steep for me.

Since this topic just brought it up, I went and found my Korg chromatic tuner. Its the black one that a lot of people have in band (because it's nice and cheap at $20, and widely available) And it works great for tuning my ukulele. And if I wanted to attach it to my uke, I'm sure I could buy one of those plug-in things that go into the tuner and clamp onto your uke/guitar/wind instrument. Not as portable, but at half the price and far more versitile. :D

SinisterDom
07-12-2008, 09:19 PM
I use a clip-on tuner, like this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Intellitouch-PT1-Tuner-100844547-i1125547.gc

That is by far the best way to tune your uke, IMHO :D

I also use a clip-on, dead accurate because it reads the vibes :).

salukulady
07-12-2008, 09:23 PM
Clip on tuner at jams, pitch pipe in the car, key board at home. Trying to train my ear to hear a G so I can tune with my brain.
When I was in school I played flute. Flutes tune to a concert Bb. Back then I could just sing a Bb, I had heard it for so many years, so I know I can do it. Of course I'm old now so you know it might take a while to re-train this old dog......

DigableKid
07-12-2008, 09:38 PM
Google it or check it out on E-Bay. This thing is sick!! I would not use anything else. And for $25 dollars at a local store...bet! I saw some on E-bay for $12.99. It has a mic and a speaker for pipe like tuning.

http://www.woodbrass.com/images/woodbrass/CA30.JPG

SailQwest
07-13-2008, 01:54 AM
I am a tuning freak! (I think I may have some ocd issues about it.) So, for tuners we have...
a pitch pipe in every ukulele case, plus
a Korg chromatic tuner (Rich's favorite),
a Kala chromatic tuner,
a Seiko keychain tuner,
and an Eno clip-on tuner (my favorite).

A nice thing about the clip-on is that if we're jamming with friends and someone is out of tune, I can hand them the tuner and they can tune up, and nobody else's instrument interferes. (Yes, I have done that...I said I was a tuning freak!)

Esy
07-13-2008, 01:59 AM
I use my MDA with tunning software, or software on my pc :]

mr_dust
07-13-2008, 04:42 AM
I use my Korg AC30 chromatic tuner and my Boss chromatic tuner/metronom, both of them works great!

bluesuke
07-13-2008, 04:57 AM
I use the Intellitouch . It works great even if your in noisy environment

SinisterDom
07-13-2008, 09:44 AM
I am a tuning freak! (I think I may have some ocd issues about it.) So, for tuners we have...
a pitch pipe in every ukulele case, plus
a Korg chromatic tuner (Rich's favorite),
a Kala chromatic tuner,
a Seiko keychain tuner,
and an Eno clip-on tuner (my favorite).

A nice thing about the clip-on is that if we're jamming with friends and someone is out of tune, I can hand them the tuner and they can tune up, and nobody else's instrument interferes. (Yes, I have done that...I said I was a tuning freak!)


A keychain tuner? That sounds conveniant, :D.

SailQwest
07-13-2008, 10:00 AM
A keychain tuner? That sounds conveniant, :D.

The keychain tuner is super cool, but you have to be really close to in tune or it just drives you crazy. Here's where I got it:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seiko-Chromatic-Tuner-Keychain?sku=211008

SinisterDom
07-13-2008, 10:08 AM
That's really neat! I am probably going to buy one sometime tonight/tomorrow because I am also going to order an Eleuke. (I sold one of those stacking washer and dryer things that my dad had, lol)

cashew
07-13-2008, 10:31 AM
I use a cheapy tune tech clip on chromatic tuner--
cost me about 24-25 bucks, and I'm always in tune. Only thing is, for a while I had issues with it.. actually until I got my tenor, now it seems to work ok, which is odd.

all in all, tis good.

uke142464
07-13-2008, 10:46 AM
http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

Haha, b/c I can't quite seem to get my Epiphone guitar tuner to work with my ukulele...maybe I'm not trying hard enough, but I suspect that it is simply unable to tune ukes. XD I do have a chromatic tuner from when I was in band, but I'm not quite sure where it is anymore...

And ukulele tuners are way too expensive.

yea, I use get-tuned.com

SuperSecretBETA
07-13-2008, 10:53 AM
I use a Meisel MCT-8L Clip-On Tuner. It's one of those pentagonal-shaped chromatic tuners that multiple companies just slap their brand names on to make it seem like they made it even though they all come from the same chinese factory... lol

Woodstocksp3
07-13-2008, 10:59 AM
I use one of these kala tuners (http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-BRAND-CLIP-ON-TUNER-UKULELE-GUITAR-VIOLIN-black_W0QQitemZ230270473441QQihZ013QQcategoryZ1622 4QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) that I won from deach. It works great and it's very small and portable.

SinisterDom
07-13-2008, 11:00 AM
yea, I use get-tuned.com



I used www.ukeschool.com for a while, then I invested in my Chromatic. I was amazed at how much easier it is to tune by a tuner than by sound (Pitch Pipe, Interwebz, Sound Clips).

Tomdini
07-13-2008, 11:08 AM
I used www.ukeschool.com for a while, then I invested in my Chromatic. I was amazed at how much easier it is to tune by a tuner than by sound (Pitch Pipe, Interwebz, Sound Clips).

It's a lot simpler to let a computer tell you to tighten or loosen the string than it is for you to make a judgment call based on what you're hearing, especially if you're not used to analyzing tone.

I have a Korg CA30 with the contact mic. I always used the CA30 with my electric guitars 'til I broke it, but since I never played guitar outside the studio, I simply turned to my synth or software to tune up. Now with my uber portable uke, I opted for a clip-on tuner because my gigbag has limited room for extra goodies and the Korg's kinda bulky. I use an Intellitouch PT-2... it's not as cool as Beta's Meisel but it gets the job done.

I went to an open mic at a bar earlier this week... before the open mic started, there was generic rock music playing over the speaker system. It was so mind-numbingly loud it was wreaking havoc with my tuner, which senses the vibrations in the headstock... that was a bit unsettling, especially since I'm paranoid about losing my hearing.

-Tom

SinisterDom
07-13-2008, 01:18 PM
It's a lot simpler to let a computer tell you to tighten or loosen the string than it is for you to make a judgment call based on what you're hearing, especially if you're not used to analyzing tone.

I have a Korg CA30 with the contact mic. I always used the CA30 with my electric guitars 'til I broke it, but since I never played guitar outside the studio, I simply turned to my synth or software to tune up. Now with my uber portable uke, I opted for a clip-on tuner because my gigbag has limited room for extra goodies and the Korg's kinda bulky. I use an Intellitouch PT-2... it's not as cool as Beta's Meisel but it gets the job done.

I went to an open mic at a bar earlier this week... before the open mic started, there was generic rock music playing over the speaker system. It was so mind-numbingly loud it was wreaking havoc with my tuner, which senses the vibrations in the headstock... that was a bit unsettling, especially since I'm paranoid about losing my hearing.

-Tom

I use the PSGT1 tuner. Easy as pie, and I got it cheap ($25). http://www.blackmountainmusical.com/Tuners.html

deach
07-13-2008, 01:26 PM
I use the PSGT1 tuner. Easy as pie, and I got it cheap ($25). http://www.blackmountainmusical.com/Tuners.html

MGM sells Kala tuners for $19.95 and that includes shipping.
http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-BRAND-CLIP-ON-TUNER-UKULELE-GUITAR-MANDO-blue_W0QQitemZ230269130184QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

and they come in different colors!

14twelve
07-13-2008, 02:32 PM
I had been using a pitch pipe till recently, but just bought a cheap headstock tuner - Martinez is the brand, and it was the only one available at the music store I went to. It's ok, but not totally accurate. I particularly find with my Ohana soprano that it is doesn't recognise the note correctly. I've still got my pitch pipe though, so I use a combination of the headstock tuner, pitch pipe, and online tuners.

SinisterDom
07-13-2008, 02:44 PM
I had been using a pitch pipe till recently, but just bought a cheap headstock tuner - Martinez is the brand, and it was the only one available at the music store I went to. It's ok, but not totally accurate. I particularly find with my Ohana soprano that it is doesn't recognise the note correctly. I've still got my pitch pipe though, so I use a combination of the headstock tuner, pitch pipe, and online tuners.


With my clip-on, I have to put it as far down the headstock as it will go with my Ohana.

cMejilla
07-13-2008, 02:55 PM
i've used a pitch pipe most of the time but now i'm just going by ear.

i just remember the C string pitch and adjust the others from there. works pretty well for me almost all of the time now.

14twelve
07-13-2008, 03:44 PM
With my clip-on, I have to put it as far down the headstock as it will go with my Ohana.
Thanks for that hint!! I'll give that a go. I do have it clipped up pretty high on the headstock, so I'll try it a bit lower.

mdnjustin
07-13-2008, 04:01 PM
I just use a digital piano and tune it to that... I'm sure I'm off just a little bit, but I'm no pro, having great tuning isn't going to help my playing THAT much, lol.

deach
07-13-2008, 04:06 PM
I just use a digital piano and tune it to that... I'm sure I'm off just a little bit, but I'm no pro, having great tuning isn't going to help my playing THAT much, lol.

No, but it does train your ear to hear correctly.

DeG
07-13-2008, 05:19 PM
I use a Korg CA-30 (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-CA30-Chromatic-Tuner?sku=210527)Chromatic and it has never given me any trouble.

I have also used the chordfinder (http://www.sheep-entertainment.nl/ukulele/) on-line resource in a pinch.

VengefulTikiGod
07-13-2008, 09:14 PM
I do it by ear, usually with a reference pitch from my guitar, which has a tuner built into the preamp. I find that a good trick is, rather than tuning from the fifth and fourth frets like on a guitar, I start by tuning the A string to the A played on the second fret of the G string. It really sounds bad if these two strings are out of tune with each other because on a lot of chords you have a unison between those two strings, and if they're even slightly out of tune with each other, it's really obvious. From there, you can tune the C to the C on the A string and the G to the G on the E string. Play the harmonic of the C if it's hard to tune from the octave interval.

ONYX
07-13-2008, 11:59 PM
I use A program Called "audio Tuner"

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Other-AUDIO-Tools/Audio-Tuner.shtml

Dino
07-14-2008, 12:06 AM
I normally use a chromatic, but I occasionally use a Pitch Pipe, anyone here tune by ear? I try, but always mess up by going to high. :)


Chromatic. Wow. I have hard time working with those. I have 2...an intellitouch and an intelli. Both are great. I do at times have to tune by ear when I forget my tuner. That's what you call open tuning. I think it's good for everyone to learn to tune by ear....what did we do when there were no tuners around???? Hard to stick a piano in your pocket! hahahaha

SinisterDom
07-14-2008, 02:21 AM
Chromatic. Wow. I have hard time working with those. I have 2...an intellitouch and an intelli. Both are great. I do at times have to tune by ear when I forget my tuner. That's what you call open tuning. I think it's good for everyone to learn to tune by ear....what did we do when there were no tuners around???? Hard to stick a piano in your pocket! hahahaha

I think Chromatics are actually pretty easy. Maybe it's just your tuner, lol.

phoenix.stu
07-14-2008, 02:37 AM
I picked up a Korg AW-1 (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-AW1-Acoustic-Chromatic-Tuner?sku=214026&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26019701) when I bought my guitar so it is very useful for the uke as well. It works really well and I have no regrets. Great tuner!! :nana:

SinisterDom
07-14-2008, 02:44 AM
I picked up a Korg AW-1 (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-AW1-Acoustic-Chromatic-Tuner?sku=214026&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26019701) when I bought my guitar so it is very useful for the uke as well. It works really well and I have no regrets. Great tuner!! :nana:

That's nice, I like how it comes in a case. MF is a bit pricey though.

phoenix.stu
07-14-2008, 03:07 AM
That's nice, I like how it comes in a case. MF is a bit pricey though.

I am in Japan and I didn't pay quite that much for mine. I think I got mine about 10 bucks cheaper. Roughly 50 bucks. A little pricy however I believe that it was well worth it considering it's portability, functionality and ease of use. Yeah, the compact casing is great too!!

SinisterDom
07-14-2008, 04:30 AM
I am in Japan and I didn't pay quite that much for mine. I think I got mine about 10 bucks cheaper. Roughly 50 bucks. A little pricy however I believe that it was well worth it considering it's portability, functionality and ease of use. Yeah, the compact casing is great too!!

How is the battery life on yours? I see a lot of reviews complaining about it.

phoenix.stu
07-14-2008, 05:03 AM
Well, I have had it for about 3 1/2 months now and I use it almost everyday. It has an auto shut off however, I tune it and turn it off and put it back in the case. I am assuming that others are letting the thing shut off automatically. I have caught myself forgetting on occasion as well. I haven't had to change the battery yet. Neat little thing about the case is that is had a place for a spare and besides the batteries aren't that expensive. Just a couple of bucks.
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7397/241473ti1.jpg

SinisterDom
07-14-2008, 05:12 AM
Well, I have had it for about 3 1/2 months now and I use it almost everyday. It has an auto shut off however, I tune it and turn it off and put it back in the case. I am assuming that others are letting the thing shut off automatically. I have caught myself forgetting on occasion as well. I haven't had to change the battery yet. Neat little thing about the case is that is had a place for a spare and besides the batteries aren't that expensive. Just a couple of bucks.
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7397/241473ti1.jpg

Okay, I might just order one of these also. I love the silver. :)

phoenix.stu
07-14-2008, 05:14 AM
Yeah, I really liked the silver as well however, they only had the black when I bought mine. :(
Also, may I add. . . It fits nicely in the little pocket on the inside of my case. :)

mctrmt
07-14-2008, 06:55 AM
I used to use a pitch pipe, but when I ordered my current ukulele from MGM it came with a clip-on tuner. I find that much more accurate (and I can tune slightly sharp or flat if I want ), and it's easier to tune in a room full of others who are also tuning.

hawaiianmusiclover06
07-14-2008, 10:53 AM
I am using a pitchpipe for now. My friend is sending me an intelli tuner soon which I can't wait.

Plainsong
07-14-2008, 07:48 PM
I've got an intelli tuner, and then a Kala branded one that I haven't tested yet because it didn't come with a battery, WTF, Kala?? Not that batteries are expensive but I'm hardly ever near a place that sells them.

Another tuner that's really nice, and somehow I've never gotten back from my little brother in-law, is this one - http://ukulele.de/shop/product_info.php?info=p44_Ukulele-Tuner.html&XTCsid=lbtv1i5pqc7j9re84k4nt5m507 , also my Line 6 Pocket Pod has a bare bones electronic tuner that I sometimes use with the uklectic.

If I don't have a tuner handy, I just do a quick check to see if the strings are in tune with themselves. If I don't use a tuner, I'll hear them as in tune at 20hz sharp. I failed at ear training.

lovemissheather
07-14-2008, 09:45 PM
I normally use a chromatic, but I occasionally use a Pitch Pipe, anyone here tune by ear? I try, but always mess up by going to high. :)

as long as i get the first string, i tune by ear. i often tune a bit too high if trying to get it right on....... but not too off.

i usually get the first string with a pitch pipe or with an online tuner. gotta love those things, they're lifesavers!!!

ricdoug
07-14-2008, 10:00 PM
I tune by ear, and/or pitchpipe/tuner. Middle C on piano is indelibly written in my brain. It's just "My Dog Has Fleas", from there. When I'm doing testing, or adjustments on an instrument, I use a headstock chromatic tuner. I also use a headstock chromatic tuner, when playing in kanikapilas, as it's hard to hear. Ric

nmelcher
07-15-2008, 07:05 AM
I picked up an Intelli IMT-500 clip-on chromatic tuner for $35 or so and haven't looked back. It's a split-second slower than the Korg AW-1 phoenix.stu is using but the backlight on the Intelli IMT-500 is great for night gigs. I've owned it for eight months or so and haven't had to replace the batteries yet.

experimentjon
07-16-2008, 05:46 PM
I picked up an Intelli IMT-500 clip-on chromatic tuner for $35 or so and haven't looked back. It's a split-second slower than the Korg AW-1 phoenix.stu is using but the backlight on the Intelli IMT-500 is great for night gigs. I've owned it for eight months or so and haven't had to replace the batteries yet.

Hey hey! I just got one of those today! But the guy at the store gave it to me for $25, down from the marked $35. (Must have been because I had my UU shirt on) :D It works amazingly well...far better than my old methods.

phoenix.stu
07-16-2008, 06:09 PM
I picked up an Intelli IMT-500 clip-on chromatic tuner for $35 or so and haven't looked back. It's a split-second slower than the Korg AW-1 phoenix.stu is using but the backlight on the Intelli IMT-500 is great for night gigs. I've owned it for eight months or so and haven't had to replace the batteries yet.

Yeah, a backlight would be nice on the AW-1. DOH

bREAd
07-24-2008, 01:18 AM
i recently got a boss tu-80 , frekin tried to tune it before i got it , end result unplayable uke because it was so out of tune.

i am unsure what figures on the tuner i should tune the uke string to, i tuned it to G4,C4, E4, A4 .

i am unsure if i tuned it correctly, should it really be G1 instead, what does the numbers mean?

thank you

Plainsong
07-24-2008, 02:20 AM
I think the numbers must mean which octave you're in. Is your uke Low G or High G? If it's high, then it'll be G4, C3, E4, A4. "My dog has fleas" If it's low G, then it'll be G3, C3, E4, A4.

And someone please check my math here because I learned octave numbers later in life and I'm not a piano player. It's something I SHOULD be sure of, and am not.