TUNE & STAY IN TUNE
Before you can play your ukulele, you need to know how to tune it! Stretching your strings is vital in ensuring your ukulele stays in tune. A brand new ukulele can take up to two weeks before it begins to hold its pitch, so you will need to tune it often during that time. Things like warm weather and changes in temperature can cause your instrument to go out of tune as well. This video will help you learn to tune and stay in tune.
How to Hold Your UKulele
Holding your ukulele correctly is very important in optimizing the amount of support and accessibility necessary to play your ukulele. Luckily, it's not very hard! If you have a larger ukulele like a tenor or baritone, resting the bottom of the ukulele on your leg is acceptable to add support. If it feels uncomfortable or wrong when trying to hold your ukulele, it most likely is. Try to use the most correct position you can, but also find what feels best for you!
Free Kala Ukulele App
Learn to play ukulele with the FREE Kala App! Includes a tuner, lessons for beginners to advanced players, chord and strumming techniques, and tutorials for popular songs!
In the Learn to Play lessons, we'll be referencing specific numbers for each fret, string, and finger. This way, you'll be able to put together chords just by listening to instruction instead of needing to see the chord formation. Here, we've drawn the position of a C chord, which you can make by placing your third finger on the first string on the third fret. On the ukulele, we count the strings from bottom to top.