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Geoff123
09-25-2012, 08:56 AM
hi all
New to this so here go's ,just bought a concert ukulele so just starting
It's a Clearwater ukulele from a uk firm it's all tuned up but the first string the (A) string just does not sound right ,it's not as sharp as the others. Seems loose and twangy is this right when you pick each string
The (A) does not ring like the others and sounds dull.
Remember I am new to this

gyosh
09-25-2012, 08:57 AM
hi all
New to this so here go's ,just bought a concert ukulele so just starting
It's a Clearwater ukulele from a uk firm it's all tuned up but the first string the (A) string just does not sound right ,it's not as sharp as the others. Seems loose and twangy is this right when you pick each string
The (A) does not ring like the others and sounds dull.
Remember I am new to this

Did you buy a tuner too? Shouldn't be twangy if it's in tune.

Geoff123
09-25-2012, 09:13 AM
Hi all
Yeah electronic tuner bought ,it might be ok but does not sound right to
Me but like I said I am new to this.

PhilUSAFRet
09-25-2012, 12:01 PM
May be tuned to a lower A, have you tried to check tuning by fret? On line tuner?

Check using strings with one string tuned correctly:


http://www.get-tuned.com/uke_tuning.php

Online tuner:

http://www.get-tuned.com/online_ukulele_tuner.php

bnolsen
09-25-2012, 12:07 PM
hi all
New to this so here go's ,just bought a concert ukulele so just starting
It's a Clearwater ukulele from a uk firm it's all tuned up but the first string the (A) string just does not sound right ,it's not as sharp as the others. Seems loose and twangy is this right when you pick each string
The (A) does not ring like the others and sounds dull.
Remember I am new to this

Looks like out of the box this ukulele uses "factory" strings, meaning *junk*. The first thing I noticed when I changed out strings on my first ukulele was that the 'A' string was noticeably louder and more "bell" like. Now if you already changed out strings....

OldePhart
09-25-2012, 12:09 PM
All four strings should be under approximately the same tension - if the A string feels significantly "softer" then it is probably tuned to the A an octave down from where it should be.

Newportlocal
09-25-2012, 01:47 PM
All four strings should be under approximately the same tension - if the A string feels significantly "softer" then it is probably tuned to the A an octave down from where it should be.

My first thought. Second was perhaps the installer put diameters in wrong positions. I would try going up an octave if it's loose or try some new strings. Make sure your strings are seated in the nut slot and and bridge slot.

ogg
09-25-2012, 03:17 PM
There are several on-line ukulele tuners. Assuming a standard GCEA tuning your 'A' string should be 440hz (the 'A' above middle 'C' on the piano.). Pitch pipes, pianos, harmonicas, and even a good metronome have this 440hz tone.

ichadwick
09-26-2012, 02:56 AM
What type of strings are they? Grey/white, clear, black or another colour?

Geoff123
09-26-2012, 08:36 AM
Hi
These strings are white

dancingflee
09-27-2012, 04:06 AM
I am new to the ukulele world too but the first thing I did when I got mine was to change the strings. And...this is just me.. I also like the Low G tuning that I instantly experimented with classical guitar strings. To this point..love them.