View Full Version : "...in standard tuning (re-entrant C)" <-- What does this mean?

04-26-2013, 03:33 AM
I found a song that I would like to learn and it has this description regarding the tuning:

"...in standard tuning (re-entrant C)"

Could someone help me to understand what this means? I play a concert ukulele and the strings are GCEA with the high G. Does this mean I need to change my G to a C? If so, would it be a C that is higher or lower than the G? Thanks!

04-26-2013, 03:45 AM
As per my understanding, the ukulele is tuned in the key of C. You are correct that it is GCEA, and the G is a higher pitch than the C. Re-entrant means that the strings are not tuned in a descending order.

Pukulele Pete
04-26-2013, 03:46 AM
GCEA with the high G is standard tuning ( re-entrant C) . The third string from the bottom is C so you are in the key of C . You don't have to change anything.

04-26-2013, 03:50 AM
Standard tuning, reentrant C is what you have.

Best written as, gCEA. The lower case g designates reentrant g or high g. When you see GCEA written it usually means "low" G or linear tuning.

gcea is considered "C" tuning. a,d,f#,b is considered "D" tuning.


04-26-2013, 01:17 PM
Awesome! So I don't have to change anything. Thanks, everyone, for your explanation. I learned something new today. :)