Tuning Your Ukulele

Tuning your ukulele is the most important thing you will need to learn. There are different tunings for ukuleles but the most common is G-C-E-A.
Here is a website to get you started with tuning. http://ukebuddy.com/ukulele-tuner 

If you don’t already own a tuner get one. They can be purchased at most music store and of course online and run around $10.00. Featured is a Snark tuner but there are many different brands to chose from.

Smart phones are also a great source for all kinds of music applications including tuners and they are usually free.

No one wants to hear you play out of tune!

 

 

 

Strings

Personal preference of ukulele strings runs the gamut. Strings help define the tone of your ukulele and playing ease for each uke player. Everyone has an opinion and no one’s opinion is wrong. My preference is Aquilla strings seen here but there are many to choose from. Try several brands and see which ones you bond with.

Ukulele Cases

I can’t emphasize the importance of getting a case for your ukulele. They come in all shapes and sizes and of course prices range. Soft cases can run as low as $20.00 and hard cases can go into the hundreds. Any store that sells ukuleles will sell cases and I highly recommend getting one to protect your instrument.

Re-Stringing Your Ukulele

Ukulele strings are mostly made of nylon or nygut and through use will eventually stretch and start to lose their bright tone. Changing string can be a little tricky. For a video on how to change strings click here.

 

Sometimes we offer string changing clinics but most often someone in the Kansas City Ukesters can show you how to change strings.
Ask David / dkfirman@gmail.com

Humidifiers

Whether you bought your ukulele for $1,000 or $50 it deserves special care to always sound its best. That means protecting it from the very real dangers of dry air which can cause warping, splitting, peeling, and cracking. Humidifiers are designed to keep your ukulele in a more temperate zone by releasing moisture into the uke itself. A bit of a chore but worth it in the end.

There are many kinds of humifiers on the market ranging from around $5.00 to $20.00 and more and most will work fine. They can be purchased at any music store and of course online.

Music Stands

Music stands aren’t really a form of maintenance but are sure handy to any musician including ukulele players. Stands alleviate the hassle of balancing sheet music on your knee or trying to look at it lying flat on a table. They are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased most anywhere. You can even get cool clip-on lights for them.