How to Tune a Ukulele with a Pitch Pipe

Learn how to tune a ukulele with a pitch pipe from music teacher Jarret Delos Santos in this Howcast video.

Aloha, my name is Jarret Delos Santos and I was born and raised in a little town called Hana on the east side of Maui. Playing the ukulele and teaching the ukulele gives me a chance to perpetuate our culture. So today, we’re going to be talking about the ukulele. Ok, we’re going to be talking about tuning your ukulele, and one of the ways to do it is with a pitch pipe here. Uh, and it should be a ukulele pitch pipe, G C E A is what this pipe will play, and what you would do is blow into it, for instance on your G string. [plays G] Your fourth string, and it actually says G and it has the number 4 next to it, so it means the fourth string. And so, if your instrument was out of tune, for instance, like this, and you would play your note… [plays G] You would twist your machine head here, your tuner, until it actually sounded the same as the pitch pipe. [plays G] Like that. It’s always easier to tune from low to high. It’s very difficult going from a sharp note to a flat note, so again, when you tune, and you don’t know where you’re at, and you’re lost, kinda loosen the string a little bit, and then tune up to the, to that note. [plays G] See? The third string… [plays C] Your second string, which is your E string. [plays E] And your last string, which is your A. [plays A] This is another way to tune your instrument, using a pitch pipe.