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    Hey, guys,

    I'm changing the strings on my tenor uke & I just got a set from Southcoastukes. The strings are in packages labeled 1 through 4, but I have no idea which direction they're supposed to go on the uke. Is #1 supposed to go on the top (closest to my head) or the bottom (furthest away from my head when I'm playing)?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_ View Post
    Hey, guys,

    I'm changing the strings on my tenor uke & I just got a set from Southcoastukes. The strings are in packages labeled 1 through 4, but I have no idea which direction they're supposed to go on the uke. Is #1 supposed to go on the top (closest to my head) or the bottom (furthest away from my head when I'm playing)?

    Thanks for the help!
    #1 Goes furthest away from your head when you're playing. And then just count up from there.

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    In standard (C6) tuning G, C, E, and A are numbered 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively. So, #1 is closest to the floor when you are playing. You should also be able to deduce the order by string thickness.

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    Fantastic... Thank you!!!! I'll change them right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_ View Post
    Fantastic... Thank you!!!! I'll change them right now.
    Be careful, I think most people buy their second uke while waiting for a new set of strings to stretch out.

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    The first time is always the worst. I have been a musician for 50 years and didn't start with ukulele until I was 45. It took me an hour the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    The first time is always the worst. I have been a musician for 50 years and didn't start with ukulele until I was 45. It took me an hour the first time.
    Yeah... It took me a good minute. I had to watch a couple of different YouTube videos. But, I got it!!!! Wooooooot!!!! I feel very accomplished.

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    Congrats, first time is the worst, as sometimes a string will slip. Next time it is no problem at all.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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