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    I check tuning almost every time I pick my ukulele up. Seldom needs tuning of course ( over 6 month old strings).

    At home I first play strumming the I V vim IV, I iiim iim(7) V7, I IV V7, vim iim III7, I vim IV V sequences in C/Am before checking the tuning.
    I have found out that after good strumming the string pitches rise slightly (only maybe a 2..5 cents), so best way is to check the tuning when the uke (strings) are warmed up.

    And that way my ukulele strings are always from day to day within a few cents range in same pitch.

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    Normally, ever time I pick one up, unless I've already checked it that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I make sure my ukes are in tune every time I pick up one with either the built in tuner or the D'Addario/Planet Waves micro tuner I have on each of the others.
    Are there built in tuners on some ukes?

    Edit: of course, you mean using just the strings? Got surprised myself when finding out how scary good the electronic tuner was compared to that. At first it sounded so "clinical", and "unnatural". Now I feel it's just the basis of pleasant play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    I check the tuning every time I pick up a uke, usually by playing a G6 chord (fingered 0202), and once that chord is sounding nice and precise, all else tends to be well. And every couple of days, I'll clip on the Snark tuner and make sure I haven't had any "drift" one way or the other off of "universal". But honestly, I'm a compulsive tuning-checker, which probably isn't a bad thing, as it's not a good situation to be playing out-of-tune; actually there's really no excuse for it, kind of like missing a belt loop...
    Likewise. I check every time I play one. I use a C5 chord - 0022 (G5 on a baritone). If it's in tune there should be no "beats". If I hear the slightest "wobble", I retune. If it starts to sound "off" during a playing session, I will check and tune again. If I'm playing In front of others, I always check before I start playing, even though I will have tuned up beforehand.
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    Every time I take it out of its case and at regular intervals when playing outdoors and the temperature changes during a gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Bill, I said IF it sounds off. If it does, it gets slapped down with a Snark
    Snarky way to deal with an opinionated uke.

    I never give my ukes a chance to sound off. I always tune before playing them.
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    I tune it every time I pick it up to play. If the strings are newish, I'll tune it every few minutes. Ordinarily, I prefer to leave the tuner off the uke, though, for both appearance and to prevent marks on the headstock. I'm I know a uke will be sitting unused for a while, I'll loosen the strings. I don't know if that's a good idea or not, but I don't like to be any more tense than I have to be, so I figure the uke feels the same.
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    I don't like to have anything attached to the uke either, so having the tuner in my lap...not a problem as there are no other significant tones around, so air transmitting is ok.
    Last edited by player; 11-20-2018 at 03:25 AM.
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    Whenever it needs it. Seriously, I tune it whenever I'm going to sit down and play it. Like Jerry, I don't leave the tuner on my uke, so sometimes if I'm lazy I just go through the C scale and if a string sounds out of tune it off of the A string, but that isn't often, usually I clip on my tuner. I used to leave the tuner on my ukes and got kind of neurotic about tuning, but now my grand daughter takes them off while I'm playing and loses them so I've gotten into the habit of putting them up somewhere after I've tuned. Then I can lose them.
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    When I pick it up - if it sounds off. Surely the same as everyone?
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