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. 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. Here comes a list over the included ukulele sizes in the library.
If you want to tune any other stringed instrument read how to configure the guitar tuner for other instruments.