If you are new to Ukulele it is probable best to use a tuning tool to begin with. You can download our tuning app for guitar or you can use our guitar tuner as your Ukulele Tuner online. At first we will go through some basics and give some instructions on how to tune the Ukulele using our our app.
The most common way for a standard Ukulele is to use a tuning called "C Standard". The open strings are tuned to the notes "GCEA" from the top to bottom. All of the strings' pitches will have a range within the same octave, i.e the fourth octave. When representing the octave you can usually find a number together with the notename. The standard C tuning can thereof be written as G4C4E4A4.The beginner gets easily confused by the order of the strings. This is really understandable due to the naming praxisis. For instance, you will see this representation in our tuning application:
So why do we change the string order from top to bottom? This is made to match the standard of ukulele tabs and might be more intuitive from the players perceptive. However, it is more or less the standard representation so you better learn it. If you hold the ukulele in your hands and turning the fretboard towards you, this representation is actually what you will see.
If you still confused you will get one more description. When you hold the ukulele in playing position the string closest to the floor is called the 1st string and should be tuned to A4. Equally, the string closest to the roof is called the 4th string and should be tuned to G4
When reading about how to tune the ukulele you might find terms such as "high-G", "standard or "re-entrant tuning. All these are the same as the "C Standard" descibed above.
With that being said. There are alternative ways to tune an ukulele. Our ukulele tuner can be used for any of these alternative tunings. Note that the tunings are suited for different ukulele sizes and might require using other than the standard strings. The last section of this page lists the tunings available in the app.
First, navigate to the online tuner and make sure that you have flash enabled. Note, that the online tuner is only available for desktops. If you have a smartphone you need to download the Android app or the iOS app. The process for using the smartphone app for ukulele is similar to the description below.
Click on the area where you see the actual tuning. If it is the first time you are using the online app it will read "Standard Guitar/Standard tuning". When you click the area a window with the available tuning options will be opened.
To select ukulele as instrument you have to scroll down the area on the left where the instruments are listed. To scroll you can click and drag. Scroll down and select the Ukulele Std (Soprano).
Choose the desired tuning. C Standard is the most common tuning. When you click on any tuning you will hear a played sequence for each string. Also, you will notice that the strings on the fretboard got updated. The tuning setup will now be saved. Close the tuning setup window by clicking on the same area as in point 1.
At any time you can click the strings on the fretboard to listen on a reference tone. The online guitar tuner does not show the actual octave. For that you need to download the smartphone app, which at the moment is of much higher quality.
To get the app to listen to your playing you will need to have flash installed and allow microphone access. See further instructions below on the tuner page.
Below is a list over the ukulele tunings are available for the different ukulele sizes. In the app the tunings are segmented in "General Tunings", "Raised Tunings", "Dropped Tunings", "Major Open Tunings", "Raised Tunings" and "Miscellaneous".
If there is some tunings you are missing, please contact us!