Ukulele String Names

You’ll need the ukulele string names before you can get your uke in tune.

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What are the names of the 4 strings on a ukulele?

Yep, to get your ukulele in tune, you need to know the ukulele string names, or the notes, of the strings.

Remember, we count the ukulele's strings from floor to ceiling — so string 1 is closest to the floor. All ukes have four strings, so string 4 is closest to the ceiling.

Just to be clear —

What is the order of the strings on the ukulele?

(That is: what are the ukulele string numbers?)

From your chin to the floor, the uke strings are numbered: 4, 3, 2, 1.

With that in mind, here are the notes for the ukulele strings, from ceiling to floor, for standard, North American style C-tuning (I'll give you the tunings for old-fashioned D-tuning further down the page) —

Ukulele String Names for Soprano Uke:

Ceiling to floor —

4: G
3: C
2: E
1: A

Easy mneumonic: Good Children Eat Apples 🙂

Need help getting your ukulele tuned up? I have a whole mini video-course available for you here (it's free!) on how to tune your ukulele.

Ukulele String Names for Concert Uke:

Ceiling to floor —

4: G
3: C
2: E
1: A

(Yep, those are the same note names as soprano. All three non-baritone ukes use the same tuning).

Ukulele String Names for Tenor Uke:

Ceiling to floor —

4: G
3: C
2: E
1: A

Ukulele String Names for Baritone Uke:

Ceiling to floor —

BEWARE: The baritone has different ukulele string names than the other three sizes!

4: D
3: G
2: B
1: E

How to change ukulele strings:

Are you re-stringing your uke? Here's a very clear video from the lovely folks at Cordoba on how to add new strings:

What about alternate tunings for ukulele? Got a whole article for you right here 🙂

What about D-tuning (D re-entrant) for ukulele?

So, there was a time when most ukuleles were tuned a full step higher in pitch. You'll often see this tuning specified on old sheet music.

Here's the way you'd tune if you wanted or needed D tuning (instead of our standard C tuning):

Ceiling to floor —

4: A
3: D
2: F#
1: B

So those are the ukulele note names, but now…

How to actually get your uke in tune?

Haha, yes, it's one thing to know the notes on the strings — but you've got to actually get the strings to match those note names!

Which ukulele strings are best?

That's a tricky question! Some strings will sound better on some ukuleles — and, of course, much of it comes down to your own personal preference.

Uke strings can vary in sound qualities, like brightness, and phyical qualities, like “grip.”

aquila red strings

Overall, I love and recommend the Aquila RED ukulele strings. I like their sounds and their texture.

They are available for soprano, tenor, concert, and baritone ukue.

Give 'em a try and let me know what you think!

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