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    Default How often do you tune your uke?

    For me it has become routine to tune the uke once a day, using my chromatic tuner. Sometimes there is just one string a little bit out of tune, not really hearing it, sometimes a little bit more, concerning all strings. How about you?

    By tuning once a day I figure it will never be awfully much out of tune.
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    Every time I pick one up, if it sounds off. Once the strings are settled in, mine don't drift out of tune much, unless humidity is fluctuating. Always goes sharp in summer, when humidity is high.
    John

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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Every time I pick one up, if it sounds off. Once the strings are settled in, mine don't drift out of tune much, unless humidity is fluctuating. Always goes sharp in summer, when humidity is high.
    John, every time you pick your uke up, it sounds off?? Wow, that's quite an opinionated uke...

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    My vintage Martin needs to be tuned often -- like every half hour of play. The friction tuners always need adjustment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    John, every time you pick your uke up, it sounds off?? Wow, that's quite an opinionated uke...
    Bill, I said IF it sounds off. If it does, it gets slapped down with a Snark
    John

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    For me it goes something like this:

    -new strings-
    tune it every 5 minutes

    -strings < 3 days old-
    tune it every hour

    -strings < 3 weeks old-
    tune it every day

    -strings > 3 weeks old-
    tune it when it sounds off

    My ukes tend to hold tune very well after a the first few weeks of strings settling in. After that I normally only tune up if it sounds bad to me or if I feel like checking up on it... perhaps every couple weeks.

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    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. Same with my bass ukes/mini electrics. I have about 15 tuners and need to order 6 more.


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    I check the tuning every time I play a uke. Sometimes if we have a long rehearsal or an exuberant meetup group, I will check the tuning every 20 minutes to half hour because the strings will respond to changes in the room’s temperature and humidity and there’s no pleasure in playing an out of tune instrument.
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    The first few days of new strings: several times each playing session.
    In general in the begining of each playing session.
    When the strings has been on for more than a month, I might get sloppy and play a short session without tuning it, since they are pretty much settled in. But then I tune it next time. The rule of thumb is to tune it every time.
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