Difficulties tuning C string on ukulele?

Asked by: Eric Sutherland

Why can’t I tune my C string ukulele?

If the string is new or never been tuned up to pitch before then it might not have bedded in yet – nylon strings can take a good few days to settle down. The string might not be tied on properly and be slipping against the tuning peg.

How do you tune a C string to a ukulele?

To tune that string, press and play the fourth fret of the third (C) string on the ukulele, which is note E. Now adjust tuning on the E (second) string until the two notes sound the same. Using your freshly tuned E string, you can now tune your lowest string – the G string.

Why is my ukulele so hard to tune?

You need to break-in your strings! Ukuleles come pre-strung with nylon strings which have never been brought up to pitch! They will go out of tune immediately due to the elasticity of the nylon and the looseness of the knot holding it in place. Many players will keep re-tuning endlessly until the strings get broken in.

Why won’t my ukulele string tighten?

This is perfectly normal and something you will have to deal with – simple as that. Strings made of nylon or fluorocarbon DO stretch over time, and keep stretching until they reach a point where they stabilise. If you put a new set of strings on a ukulele and tune them to pitch, they will go out of tune very quickly.

Why are ukulele strings out of order?

My understanding is the ukulele is descended from the Portuguese machete de braça and the rajuo, both small guitar-like instruments, both typically run with “out of order” tunings to facilitate a style of play popular in Portugal, playing both melody line and accompaniment at once.

How do you find C on a ukulele?

So find the red dot or the third fret on your okay Lily one two three use your ring finger there. And that's the position for C chord wait.

Why is the ukulele tuned GCEA?

Most ukulele tunings use reentrant tuning. Standard ukulele tuning is G-C-E-A tuning (sometimes called C tuning), which creates the sound of a C6 chord. The reason this is a reentrant tuning is that the G string (the fourth string) is tuned higher than the C string (the third string).

How tight should ukulele strings be?

Ukulele strings should be just tight enough to hold the correct pitch. Strings should not be so tight that the tension damages the ukulele or so loose that the strings buzz and are not playable. Use a chromatic tuner to ensure you are staying in the right frequency range and experiment with different string types.

What does C sound like on the ukulele?

Place your second finger on the 7th fret of the A string and your third finger on the 8th fret of the C string. Leave the G (top) string unfretted. Essentially you’re playing a G chord shape at the 7th fret. Strum down and listen.

How hard do you press down on ukulele strings?

So it just means you got to push down a little harder. So anytime you're fretting a note that's how you want it to be right behind the fret pushing down on the tips of your fingers.

Should you stretch ukulele strings?

The string will go flat, and you’ll tune it back up to pitch. Repeat until stretching no longer makes your string go flat. This will improve the stability of your tuning. Also, be sure to tune up to pitch, not down, as this will ensure that your string doesn’t slip a bit on the tuner shaft and go flat.

How do you tighten ukulele strings?

So there are these knobs at the top of your ukulele neck and if you want to tighten the string you just turn the knob you can turn it look tighten it or loosen it.

Why do my ukulele strings buzz?

The absolute most common cause of a buzz is a high fret or frets. This could be just one note on your uke buzzing, or it could be several notes on one string in a row. Even if your uke had no high frets when it left the shop, they could develop over time with changes in temperature and humidity.

Why does my ukulele sound muffled?

The Strings

The time frame from putting them on and them finally beginning to settle is going to make your ukulele sound bad. This is one of those things you just have to exercise patience with. If you have more than one ukulele, re-string them at separate times.

How can I make my cheap ukulele sound better?

Uke Care – Get a Good Sound From Your Cheap Ukulele

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