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Ukulele tunings

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 12 years, 2 months ago



There are four common sizes of uke. From the smallest down (in pitch):


  • Soprano or Standard, with a scale (string sounding length) of about 33cm.
  • Concert, with a scale of about 38cm.
  • Tenor, with a scale of about 43cm.
  • Baritone, with a scale of about 48cm.


All but the baritone are commonly tuned in a reentrant tuning. However non-reentrant tunings for all four also exist, and also slack-key open tunings. Generally, the larger the uke, the more likely it is to be tuned non-reentrant.


Soprano or Standard ukulele

The most common size and standard student instrument.


Standard tuning is C tuning (reentrant), also know as high-G or high-4th tuning:


  • g' - c' - e' - a'


Also common is the slightly brighter D tuning:


  • a' - d' - f# ' - b'


Non-reentrant D tuning is known as Canadian tuning:


  • a - d' - f# ' - b'


Non-reentrant C tuning is known as low-G tuning or low-4th tuning:


  • g - c' - e' - a'



Concert ukulele


Just two common tunings, high or low 4th, also known as high or low G, respectively:


  • g' - c' - e' - a'


  • g - c' - e' - a'


Yes, these are just the two C tunings for the smaller Soprano! The Concert is just louder and more full-bodied than the Sop, and less suited to D tunings.



Tenor ukulele



  • g - c' - e' - a'



  • g' - c' - e' - a'


D tuning:

  • d' - g - b - e'



  • d - g' - b' - e'



Baritone ukulele

Rarely tuned to anything other than non-reentrant:


  • d - g - b - e'


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