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Hochapeafarm
05-07-2013, 04:14 PM
Hi, folks! So, I've already seen some videos out there on YouTube, but I am looking for a REALLY great instructional video on how to change out your uke strings. My first time ever doing this and I am going to be doing it manually -- meaning that I don't have that wind-up tool (don't remember what it's called, sorry) for the strings. Thanks very much for any suggestions! :-)

patrickmcgill
05-07-2013, 04:35 PM
What kind of tuners do you have?

Kanaka916
05-07-2013, 04:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhC7b9XfRu4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyv7uOiXsbM
http://theukulelereview.com/2010/07/21/how-to-string-your-ukulele/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU42wHlS-NY
http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/02/uke-minutes-5-article-how-to-re-string-your-ukulele/
https://sites.google.com/site/islandukeclub/uke-web-resources/how-to-change-uke-strings

PhilUSAFRet
05-07-2013, 04:59 PM
Many folks like the instructions by Hawaii Music Supply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwNDkh43oqc

Newportlocal
05-07-2013, 08:38 PM
Uke minutes 5 changing strings
http://youtu.be/Saxrv0y_XYI

Don't worry about the winder. We have one now, but you really don't need it. I changed strings many times without one. I usually don't use it even now that I have it except maybe to trim the excess string. Scissors or nail clippers work fine to trim the excess string.

Tootler
05-07-2013, 09:26 PM
Don't worry about the winder. We have one now, but you really don't need it. I changed strings many times without one. I usually don't use it even now that I have it except maybe to trim the excess string. Scissors or nail clippers work fine to trim the excess string.

I agree. I only use my winder to unwind the old strings and then, only with geared tuners. If you want one, any guitar shop should stock them.

Nail clippers are good for trimming excess string. I keep some specially for that purpose.

Loudster
05-08-2013, 08:43 AM
Yeah, I use a winder out of habit but it drives me nuts anyway. The ukulele tuning knobs on my uke are smaller than guitar ones so it slips around a lot as I use it.

wayfarer75
05-08-2013, 11:18 AM
I also use nail clippers to trim the strings. Much easier than scissors.

cantsing
05-08-2013, 02:24 PM
As you watch a bunch of videos to get comfortable with the process, you will see some differences in technique. Don't get frustrated, just choose what makes sense to you. It can all seem terribly complicated the first time, but stay calm, take your time, and you will do fine.

The second video in the list above is notable for the closeup near the end that shows how to tie the knot at the bridge--in some videos it can be hard to see exactly how to tie that knot.

Another vote for nail clippers here.

7warriorlion
05-08-2013, 02:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPTm4_Hc98o

Tootler
05-08-2013, 02:48 PM
Another tip. If you have a slotted bridge, use a figure 8 knot on the G and A strings as they can slip out of the slot when they are tightened up. I have a slotted bridge on some of my ukes and have had this happen to me.

Hochapeafarm
05-09-2013, 11:09 AM
Hi, folks! So, I've already seen some videos out there on YouTube, but I am looking for a REALLY great instructional video on how to change out your uke strings. My first time ever doing this and I am going to be doing it manually -- meaning that I don't have that wind-up tool (don't remember what it's called, sorry) for the strings. Thanks very much for any suggestions! :-)

I did it!! Yay!!!! Thanks, everyone, for all of your advice, tips, suggestions for links, etc.!!! I checked out everything you posted and was able to get it done -- switched out to Aquila Nylgut strings -- I am soooo excited that I finally bit the bullet and changed my strings! I was so nervous to do it, but now that I've done it, I won't feel intimidated about it the next time around. Thanks so much, again!!!! :-)

ukuLily Mars
05-09-2013, 12:27 PM
I did it!! Yay!!!! Thanks, everyone, for all of your advice, tips, suggestions for links, etc.!!! I checked out everything you posted and was able to get it done -- switched out to Aquila Nylgut strings -- I am soooo excited that I finally bit the bullet and changed my strings! I was so nervous to do it, but now that I've done it, I won't feel intimidated about it the next time around. Thanks so much, again!!!! :-)

Yay! Good for you. I remember the first time I changed 'ukulele strings. There was cursing involved.

Marvelle
05-09-2013, 01:30 PM
Congrats Hochapeafarm! I also just changed strings for the first time a few nights ago. There was cursing involved for me too. That video from Cordoba is nice and clear for that type of bridge. I did a Google search and found this page from the Long island Ukulele Strummers Club:

https://sites.google.com/site/islandukeclub/uke-web-resources/how-to-change-uke-strings

Thanks to whoever put this together. It answered a lot of questions. I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Frank

cantsing
05-09-2013, 01:37 PM
I did it!! Yay!!!! Thanks, everyone, for all of your advice, tips, suggestions for links, etc.!!! I checked out everything you posted and was able to get it done -- switched out to Aquila Nylgut strings -- I am soooo excited that I finally bit the bullet and changed my strings! I was so nervous to do it, but now that I've done it, I won't feel intimidated about it the next time around. Thanks so much, again!!!! :-)

I knew you could do it! Congrats!

Barbablanca
05-09-2013, 02:24 PM
This video from Risa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU42wHlS-NY) covers all the bases (different styles of bridge, etc.)

Tootler
05-09-2013, 02:33 PM
I did it!! Yay!!!! Thanks, everyone, for all of your advice, tips, suggestions for links, etc.!!! I checked out everything you posted and was able to get it done -- switched out to Aquila Nylgut strings -- I am soooo excited that I finally bit the bullet and changed my strings! I was so nervous to do it, but now that I've done it, I won't feel intimidated about it the next time around. Thanks so much, again!!!! :-)

Good on ya! The first time I changed strings, I trimmed the excess too soon and the strings started slipping out of the tuner posts. I had a devil of a job to get them back on and tightened up. I learnt a lot from that mistake. The second set I changed (on another uke) Still haven't had the excess trimmed :old:

Kanaka916
05-09-2013, 04:08 PM
When I replied two days ago I had to make myself a note to get strings changed on my 6 string. Just got through and now for the stretching and settling.

coolkayaker1
05-09-2013, 04:23 PM
Mya Moe how to string a slotted headstock, and Pegheds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nrCvmcY9oA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPTm4_Hc98o