We have a blog dedicated to one of the most common problems that can arise when starting to play your ukulele, and hopefully we can solve it once and for all, and it is How to tune your ukulele? What is the best way? Here we will give you all the tips and you will know which is the best option.
First, how can I tune my Ukulele? Mobile App? Whistle Tuner? Chromatic Tuner? Fingerboard 440? Absolute hearing? Telephone line? There are many ways, but which is the best?
We will start by talking a little about the importance of having your instrument always in tune, how often are they tuned? Is once enough? The Ukulele is tuned every time we start to play it, as this will make your ear get used to always listening to your ukulele in tune and you will have a more optimal practice.
We will talk a little about the different ways to tune your ukulele, one of them is a whistle, which has the 4 tones of the 4 strings so that with the help of your ear the tone of the whistle will equalize your ukulele, this will undoubtedly help you a lot to start training your ear if you already have practice tuning.
Another way is with the telephone line, that's right, this technique was used before since the moment you picked up the handset it gave you the LA tone and based on this you could tune the LA string and hence the others, a very rare technique.
There is also the 440 HZ Fingerboard, this is an instrument that looks like a kind of antenna which is hit hard and placed on a flat surface, and it gives you a sound that gives you the tone of LA and from there you can tune the other strings remaining, this technique is widely used in universities to start having auditory training.
Obviously we have mobile applications, which is always questioned if they really work, these are based on the mobile microphone and if it is damaged it will not capture well, or if there is a lot of noise it will present the same problem, but it can get you out of a trouble if there is no external noise, they are not usually so exact but they are an alternative for an emergency.
And we have the Chromatic tuner, or Clip, this works by vibrating the strings so you will not have problems with external noises, it is called chromatic because it has the chromatic scale that is the 12 tones of music,
based on the encryption system.
What is the Encryption system?
It is a system that the Americans invented to identify the notes easier since jazz players required it to have a faster reading and be able to improvise better, this system was based on the alphabet starting in the note of LA assigning the letter A to the letter G, this is:
Then we have to understand the 12 notes of the encryption system, we will find them with a # sign and it does not mean Hashtag, this is a Sharp
the scale is represented like this.
C - C # - D - D # - E - F - F # - G - G # - A - A # - B
Having a pitch distance of TONE, TONE, HALF, TONE, TONE, TONE, HALF.
We know that this can be a bit complicated, but we are sure that with practice you will understand it perfectly.
Now you have to understand that the strings of your ukulele are represented first as the bottom string seeing it as you play it, until the fourth as the top string.
And each string corresponds to a note:
FIRST STRING = LA (A)
SECOND STRING = MI (E)
THIRD STRING = DO (C)
FOURTH ROPE = SUN (G)
On the screen of your tuner it will be represented with this system and the auger will indicate if you have to tighten or loosen the string, and it has to be in the middle normally represented in green and depending on what notes you are is if you are going to tighten or loosen based on the chromatic scale.
Let's hope that little by little you will catch the wave of tuning and we can solve your doubts.
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