How to string a Ukulele

Ukulele strings can last a long time, but changing them will make a huge difference in sound SO why put it off. It really isn’t that hard, but if you are slow like me it might take a little while. Do it while you watch TV, rest or something.

There are different ways that strings attach to the bridge – a knot, a ball or inserted and looped as above. If your strings are like the above, be sure to start with the G, then the C, E and finally the A so that you can tuck the ends of the strings under/behind the next string and so that the ends will face the bottom of the uke body – you are much less likely to catch the downward pointing strings than if pointed up or were cut (similar to the photo).

A warning about Outdoor Ukuleles & Low G Strings

Carbon Tenor Outdoor Ukulele
Photo: OutdoorUkulele.com

I love my Carbon Tenor Outdoor Ukulele and have loved having a wound low G string on it. The instrument and the strings combination have been wonderful and SO ENJOYABLE. I am, however, beginning to have problems. I noticed wear on the frets under the G string. After investigation I discovered in the Outdoor Ukulele warranty this statement:

“Our composite polycarbonate ukuleles are not designed to be used with wound strings; if used, they are not covered by warranty. Strings with fillers, such as copper powder may also wear the frets over time. “

For the whole Outdoor Ukulele warranty, click here.

When I discovered the wear and found the warranty information, I bought a unwound low G. I am having intonation problems with it. It becomes much worse if I try to capo at any fret. It may be that particular unwound string so I am going to try another unwound low G string.

If the second one doesn’t work, I will try a high G string. I don’t want a high G, but if it will save the instrument that is what I will do.

ALL THIS TO SAY, DON’T PUT A WOUND LOW G ON AN OUTDOOR UKULELE.

#OutdoorUkulele

“10 Cool Ukulele Riffs Anyone Can Learn to Play [+ Tabs]”

TakeLessons.com

The riffs are shared on TakeLessons.com by Reina M.

Here are the names of the riffs that are shown…

  • “Shave and a Haircut”
  • “Weak” by SWV
  • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones
  • “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
  • “Charlie Brown” Theme Song
  • “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens
  • “Friends” Theme Music
  • “Simpsons” Theme Song
  • “Beverly Hills Cop” Theme Song

Visit the Website for the tab of each riff.

Brian’s HUGE Chordlist Collection

Brian's HUGE Chordlist Collection

Brian’s huge chordlist collection‘ is a great resource for looking up alternative chords.

It is especially useful if you already know the basic chords. It may be a little confusing if you don’t know what the basic chords are – for example, the basic chord for ‘C’ is in the bottom 2 rows…the top left one, of course.

If you don’t know the basic ones, you may want to just look for the most simplified chord (fewest fingers and closest to the nut or the head of the ukulele.

It should be a big (okay, a ‘HUGE’) help to those that are looking for more chords!

Click here for the collection.

2019 – the year to play Serene & Keen!

Maybe you got a uke for the first time for Christmas OR maybe you have had one for awhile but are discouraged at where you are.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos that may encourage…

For the brand new player…You WILL get better – look at what can be done in only a year!

For those of you that have been struggled…Don’t despair…Don’t give up! YOU CAN DO IT! Stick with it!

YOU CAN Play the uke! Do it in 2019!