View Full Version : How to Tune Baritone Ukulele

03-16-2011, 06:02 PM
I just bought my first ukulele, which happens to be a baritone ukulele. This is my first instrument, and I don't have any music background. So sorry if my question sounds kinda dumb. I've read that I should tune the strings of my baritone to D-G-B-E from the top string to the bottom. I have a chromatic tuner that I'm trying to use to help me tune it, but I'm not really sure what settings to use. For example, it is currently set for 435 hz by default....do I need to change that or leave as-is? Also, I see something called "Key" which is currently set to "C"....and the only other available options are Bb, Eb, and F. Which key should I set this to when I tune? Sorry, I'm a complete noob, haha. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

mm stan
03-16-2011, 08:05 PM
Aloha Ukenoob12345,
Welcome to the UU and our forums and congrats on your new baritone....I like the D G B E tunings too start off on...Check out this tuner..on other links you can get it for $15.95 and set your tuner to 440hz.
Look at this link and see the zero with the red light on....http://www.musicianuniversity.com/Guitars/Cherub-WST-550C-Tuner.html also visit Dr Uke for Songs, chords, and instructions for baritone...a good
resource...http://www.doctoruke.com/ I hope it helps...good luck...Happy strummings..MM Stan...

03-17-2011, 06:36 AM
Hey Stan, thanks for your response. So if I already have a tuner, but it does not have an option for "key of G", will I not be able to use it?

03-17-2011, 07:15 AM
well if you tune it so it sounds close to what it is on an online uke tuner for dgbe, you should be just about on. Then you can use your tuner to tweak it and get it more accurate.


you can use this page and just change it to DGBE by typin in. Then when you check it with your tuner, it should have those values in there, even if its a guitar tuner because guitar is the same.

03-17-2011, 08:15 AM
If you're still having trouble, tune your G and E strings using your tuner - then tune your D string by holding it down on the second fret and making sure that's tuned to E on your tuner. Do the same with the B string but hold it down on the first fret and tune to C. As long as the intonation is ok then that should work fine.

If you have any trouble with that then PM me and I'd be happy to help you out on Skype or something similar. Congrats on the new uke!

03-18-2011, 01:47 PM
Which key should I set this to when I tune?

Set it to C, 440hz.

03-18-2011, 02:50 PM
Set it to C, 440hz.

I think you mean A440. :-)

03-18-2011, 04:27 PM
-The Key should be set at C. The baritone ukulele is a Key of C instrument. So is the guitar, and standard ukulele (along with most stringed instruments).
-The pitch is A above middle C at a frequency of 440Hz.