#1
Well, I'm getting a ukulele on Friday (I hope), and was just wondering, is it possible to have it tuned like a full size four string guitar? Technically, they're just little guitars, so I don't see why not. I'd just thought I'd ask first though, seeing as I'm a total uke noob.

I'm not sure what type/size it is as I only got a glance at one in the music shop today... not sure about string type either.
#2
Don't quote me on this...but I'm pretty sure uke tuning is G C E A. I do know that the tune some of the bigger ones to the top strings on the guitar...so D G B E. I think its done more for the extra tension though...and a little uke won't need it. If I were you, I'd just find a uke chord chart and go from there.

www.ezfolk.com has them.

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#3
Then it's really up in the air. An ukulele has only four strings, and their individual gauges determines their tuning. This is a chart determining the correct tuning for each ukulele. You can broaden the scope slightly, but I wouldn't recommend it. Most ukulele teeter on the edge of proper intonation, and restringing for the purposes of alternate tuning could certainly throw it off.

Also, they are not "little guitars." This is a common mistake. The internal bracing structure is inherently different from that of a guitar, to say nothing of its native wood construction.
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#4
Okay, thanks a lot guys

And, Chad48309, I didn't say anything about internal bracing or wood type - sure, it's probably got to be different, but technically, looking at it it's just a pint sized four string acoustic. That's how I see it anyway... each to their own.
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Okay, thanks a lot guys

And, Chad48309, I didn't say anything about internal bracing or wood type - sure, it's probably got to be different, but technically, looking at it it's just a pint sized four string acoustic. That's how I see it anyway... each to their own.

That would be "aesthetically," not "technically."
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Aesthetically, whatever... it's LIKE a tiny guitar.

It has the APPEARANCE of a miniature guitar.

Is English your first language?

Edit: you'll have to excuse me, I'm a grammar and style Nazi.
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Chad - lighten up a bit, would ya? Do you mean to appear to be condescending a lot of the time? You can add value without needing to correct every aspect of peoples' posts...
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Chad - lighten up a bit, would ya? Do you mean to appear to be condescending a lot of the time? You can add value without needing to correct every aspect of peoples' posts...

I'm sorry. I do copyediting and ghostwriting, so sometimes it's a little hard to switch off from that. For copyediting, you have to be as cruel as possible. I actually threw a book at someone to prove a point, once.
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I'm sorry. I do copyediting and ghostwriting, so sometimes it's a little hard to switch off from that. For copyediting, you have to be as cruel as possible. I actually threw a book at someone to prove a point, once.

LOL - now I get it. I have a friend who does the same thing and he's always correcting people the same way.
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I'm sorry. I do copyediting and ghostwriting, so sometimes it's a little hard to switch off from that. For copyediting, you have to be as cruel as possible. I actually threw a book at someone to prove a point, once.


I did state I was a noob to ukulele... but w/e, it's ok dude
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I did state I was a noob to ukulele... but w/e, it's ok dude

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I lost the position after a girl started crying.
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Don't quote me on this...but I'm pretty sure uke tuning is G C E A. I do know that the tune some of the bigger ones to the top strings on the guitar...so D G B E. I think its done more for the extra tension though...and a little uke won't need it. If I were you, I'd just find a uke chord chart and go from there.

www.ezfolk.com has them.


+1 get a chord chart for ukulele.

If you look at a ukulele as a mini guitar, standard tuning, g C E A, is just like the first four strings of a guitar with a capo on the 5th fret. The G string, however is an octave higher that it would be on standard guitar tuning which can make the chords a little funky if you use guitar fingerings. On a baritone uke, standard tuning is like the first four strings of a guitar, which makes it very guitar player friendly.

Good luck with you new uke! I find that the concert size is a little easier to play, but they are loads of fun. George Harrison always traveled with two, just in case he ran into someone who knew how to play.
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