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    Default Changing Strings: Best instructional video recommendations?

    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! :-)

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    What kind of tuners do you have?

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    Many folks like the instructions by Hawaii Music Supply

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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newportlocal View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    I also use nail clippers to trim the strings. Much easier than scissors.
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    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.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPTm4_Hc98o

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