Our online ukulele tuner features over seven different popular types of tunings in a sleek, compact, easy-to-use interface. Simply select the type of tuning you want from the bottom left drop-down menu, the tone you want (ukulele or sine wave), and flip one of the black switches on. Make sure your speakers are turned up!
How to Tune Your Ukulele by Ear
You can use this tool as a point of reference for tuning your ukulele. If you just want to tune your ukulele to normal or standard tuning, make sure “Standard Tuning (gCEA)” is selected on the tuner.
We’ll tune the ukulele’s top string first. Turn the black switch “on” under the “G” note to hear the pitch.
As the sound is playing (as long as the switch is on the sound will keep looping), hum the note and get it in your head. Do this before plucking any strings on your ukulele. Once you’re certain you’ve heard the pitch, pluck the top string, or the G string, on your ukulele. Now, get this pitch in your head.
If the pitch of the plucked string is higher than the pitch of the sound playing on the tuner, that means the string on your ukulele is sharp.
If the pitch of the plucked string is lower than the pitch of the sound playing on the tuner, that means the strings on your ukulele is flat.
As both sounds are ringing, you want to turn your tuning pegs on your ukulele to match the two pitches. When the pitches aren’t matching, at the initial attack of the two sounds, you’ll hear almost a warbly sound between the two like this:
When the pitches are matching, the warbly sound will be gone and the two sounds will ring smoother against each other like this:
Be sure to check out our more in-depth article on ukulele tuning to explore how a ukulele is tuned and the different types of tunings.
Why Does My Ukulele Still Sound Out-of-Tune?
Tuning an instrument such as a ukulele by ear takes a little bit of practice and the ability to identify pitch. That’s why I mentioned above how it can be helpful to hum each pitch before comparing them so your brain is registering the pitch.
The surest way of getting your ukulele in tune is by using a chromatic tuner. The tuner I use is a Korg CA-30, which I believe has been discontinued and replaced by the Korg CA-40 (pictured above). For the price, the Planet Waves chromatic tuner has received good reviews too. Check out my review on 5 Great Chromatic Tuners for Ukulele for more recommendations.