The Different Types of Ukulele Tunings

There are a few diverse elective tunings that are generally utilized on the soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles.

It is plausible that you will run into the music that uses these elective tunings on the off chance that you play one of these ukuleles, so it not a bad idea to get comfortable with these tunings regardless of whether you are not anticipating utilizing them yourself at any point in the near future.


Soprano ukuleles are in fact expected to be standard-tuned to A4-D4-F#4-B4, in spite of the fact that it is more typical nowadays to see the soprano tuned down to G4-C4-E4-A4 tuning.

In the A4-D4-F#4-B4 tuning, each string is tuned one tone higher than with the G4-C4-E4-A4 tuning. It is believed that the marginally higher key created by A4-D4-F#4-B4 tuning makes the ukulele sound more customary or Hawaiian.

This is on the grounds that the first Hawaiian ukuleles were somewhat littler than the models accessible today, thus the strings on the prior instruments were all the more regularly tuned ADF#B, as this created better string-strain.

You will probably run into this elective tuning for the soprano, particularly on the off chance that you dive into playing conventional Hawaiian music.

You can without much of a stretch tune your ukulele to ADF#B from GCEA, by utilizing your A-string to tune your G-string to A. Once your G-string has been tuned up to A you can tune the other three strings up utilizing G-string reference notes.

Holding a finger down on the second fuss of your tuned-up G-string will create a reference ‘B’, and holding down the fifth fret on your tuned-up G-string will deliver a reference ‘D’. To tune your E-string to F#, hold down the fourth fuss on your B-string (tuned up C-string).

There are numerous different minor departures from soprano tuning, which are for the most part used to compliment diverse sorts or styles of playing.

For instance, country music artists have a tendency to acquire ukulele tunings from the tunings or elective tunings of the different instruments like the banjo and the mandolin.

Secondary elective tunings are not generally utilized unless called for by a specific bit of music. At times soprano ukuleles are tuned out of their re-participant tuning to build their range or melodic playability.

Fifths tuning is prominent for this impact, with the strings tuned G-D-A-E.


Elective tunings for the concert ukulele have a tendency to be comparative or the same as the soprano elective tunings, primarily on the grounds that they are similar in the estimate.

The soprano A4-D4-F#4-B4 standard-tuning can be utilized on the concert ukulele; in spite of the fact that it is contended by some ukulele players that the soprano tuning expands the string pressure too radically on a concert ukulele, making the ukulele be harder to play with a tenser (as opposed to an exemplary ‘clangy’) sound.

At the point when A4-D4-F#4-B4 tuning is utilized on a concert, it is generally utilized for an indistinguishable reason from it is on a soprano – it is felt that this tuning produces a brighter, clearer tone more suited to playing customary Hawaiian music.  

You can tune your concert ukulele up in the very same route as you would tune up a soprano ukulele (said above), however its best to ease up on the strings a small piece; allow them to conform to the higher pressure and take the up-tuning gradually, as it will be a significant noteworthy increment in strain on account of the expanded separation between the nut and the bridge.

Ukuleles have a sensibly long history, and elective tunings for the instrument have come and gone. The lower key tuning of the concert used to be prevalent with American ukulele players in the Jazz age, particularly for soloist shows.

Tuning your concert down to B-flat or A should at present be possible with satisfying outcomes, however discovering music for these tunings is a bit challenging, as the market is at present commanded by G-C-E-A tuning assets.

Different varieties of concert tuning have a tendency to take after an indistinguishable form from with the soprano, with elective tunings being utilized for the most part to supplement diverse styles or sorts of music or distinctive ensembles.

The concert ukulele can be tuned in fifths likewise, with the tuning of: C-G-D-A. Again, an indistinguishable reason from for the fifth tuning of the soprano can be referred to – fifth tuning takes into account less demanding melodic playability.


The tenor ukulele is slightly greater than the concert ukulele, and it has a fundamentally longer fretboard. The tenor ukulele has two G-C-E-A tunings, referred to regularly as high-G and low-G tuning.

High-G tuning is an indistinguishable tuning from the concert and soprano (G4-C4-E4-A4). Commentators of the high-G tuning state that the body of the tenor isn’t suited to creating the high re-entrant ukulele sound, albeit high-G tuning is exceptionally mainstream and numerous recently produced tenor ukuleles are hung with all-nylon strings to oblige high-G tuning.

Low-G tuning is tuned with the G-string an octave lower (to G3). Low-G tuning is condemned for its absence of conventional ukulele sound, as it does without the re-contestant tuning and sounds all the more full-bodied, similar to a guitar.

Low-G tuning has its focal points be that as it may, and numerous ukulele soloists incline toward the low-G tuning as it takes into account a more prominent melodic range, and some fingerpicking abilities are unquestionably more transferable between the guitar and the low-G tenor ukulele.

Low-G tuned tenor ukuleles frequently have a metal wound G-string, which delivers a more profound more smooth sound than the harshness of re-entrant tuned ukuleles.

There are a couple of other elective tunings for the tenor ukulele, however, these are considerably rarer than the high-G and low-G tunings.

With the correct strings the tenor can be tuned down to D-G-B-E (like the baritone ukulele) and at times the low-G string might be tuned down to a C to create a more noteworthy tonal range.

Tenor ukuleles can likewise be tuned in fifths or fourths if wanted, however, these tunings aren’t excessively common.


The standard tuning of the baritone ukulele is non-reentrant. The strings are tuned D3-G3-B3-E4 from low to high, which is the very same tuning as the first four strings of the guitar. Some ukulele idealists don’t figure the baritone ought to be delegated a ukulele, therefore.

This is maybe the principle motivation behind why the baritone is, on the other hand, tuned to re-entrant tuning. The baritone can be on the other hand re-entrant tuned to G-C-E-An (as per the other three ukulele types), or to D-G-B-E, with the D string an octave higher than non-re-entrant tuning.

The G-C-E-A tuning of the baritone ukulele requires an alternate arrangement of strings to the baritone strings utilized for standard-tuning, and the high-D tuning of the baritone ukulele requires an alternate D-string.

A few models of baritone ukulele are sold with re-entrant tuned strings, however, these models are substantially rarer than those baritone ukes that are sold tuned to the standard D-G-B-E tuning.

Now that you know all the tunings, grab the best ukulele tuner you can find and tune your instrument properly.