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Ukulele tunings

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 11 years, 2 months ago

Intro

 

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

 

Low-4th:

  • g - c' - e' - a'

 

High-4th:

  • g' - c' - e' - a'

 

D tuning:

  • d' - g - b - e'

 

Canadian:

  • d - g' - b' - e'

 

 

Baritone ukulele

Rarely tuned to anything other than non-reentrant:

 

  • d - g - b - e'

 

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