Ukulele String Names

What are 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 number 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? From ceiling to floor: 4, 3, 2, 1.)

With that in mind, here are the ukulele string names, from ceiling to floor, for standard, 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

Need help getting your ukulele tuned up? I have a whole mini video-course available for you here (it’s free!)

Ukulele String Names for Concert Uke:

Ceiling to floor —

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

(Yep, that 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

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 get in tune?

Yep, 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!

  • PLEASE, take my advice, and go buy an electronic, clip-on uke tuner. It will change your life! Here’s my article on how to choose and how to use.
  • Also check out my free video mini-course that walks you through mulitple ways to get your uke in tune, with or without an electronic tuner.
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