When you’re learning the guitar or ukulele, it can be a struggle to put your fingers in the right place on the strings, or to have the right pressure to make a sweet sounding note…. this is made doubly worse if the instrument is not in tune!
There are many tuners available to buy from music shops, but you can also download free apps and put them on your phone. I recommend Guitar Tuna. This can tune guitar and ukulele and includes games to train your ear and practice with so it’s a lot of fun.
If you don’t have a mobile device available, you can tune the guitar to itself.
Start with your 6th string held down on the 5th fret. This gives the note A on your E string. Adjust your 5th string until it matches the pitch of the E string played on the fifth fret. It can be helpful to hum the correct note as you tune your open string, so you can better hear if your string is tuned too tight or loose.
Next, tune your 4th string (D string) to match the pitch of your A string played on the 5th fret. You can continue tuning each string to the 5th fret of the string above it, except for the 2nd string (B string). To tune your B string, hold the 3rd string (G string) down on the 4th fret. As long as each string is tuned to the correct interval from the next string, your guitar will still sound fine by itself, however, if you want to play with other instruments, you would be best to tune to one pitch.
If you don’t have a ukulele tuner and you want to play on your own, you can tune the uke to itself. Start with the 4th string held down on the 5th fret. Adjust your 3rd string until it matches the pitch of the 4th string. Next, tune your 3rd string on the 4th fret and adjust your 2nd string to match the pitch. To tune the top string, press the 5th fret of the 2nd string and adjust the pitch of the 1st string until it matches.
Top Tip if you don’t have a Ukulele tuner but you have a guitar…. you can put a capo on the 5th fret and tune the top 4 strings to give the ukulele the correct pitch.