‘Standard tuning’ refers to the most common way to tune an instrument. There are other ways of tuning that give the player
alternative options, such as simplifying the way you play certain chords, however most books and song sheets are most likely to refer to standard tuning.There are 4 types of ukulele – Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone.
The standard tuning for the most common types – Soprano and Concert – is G C E A. Download a sheet here to help you tune, and introduce you to some strumming exercises.
The easiest way is to buy a small electric tuner like this one
If your ukulele is brand new, you may well find that it does not hold it’s tuning for very long at all. Whilst this is frustrating, this does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with the one you have bought. Because the strings are nylon and short they will need a certain amount of stretching before they will behave to your ears! Once you have played your ukulele a little more, it will calm down and hold it’s tuning better.
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