How to Tune a Violin Uke

by Kaite Mitchell
Violin ukes are a hybrid between a violin and a ukulele.

Violin ukes are a hybrid between a violin and a ukulele.

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Violin uke, ukelin, Hawaiian art violin -- these are all names for the same instrument, a cross between a ukulele and violin. Mass manufactured for only 50 years, from the 1920s to the '70s, handmade models are still available online today. They were designed to be simple to play -- an instrument for those without extensive musical training -- so each string is labeled with its musical note name. This makes it easier for the beginner to tune than the average stringed instrument, requiring a minimum of equipment and knowledge.

Items you will need

  • Electronic tuner
Step 1

Lay your violin uke on a flat surface, as if to play it.

Step 2

Place the electronic tuner next to the first of your strings and turn it on.

Step 3

Pluck the string. The note it plays will register on your electronic tuner.

Step 4

Compare the note the string actually plays with the label under the string. If it is the same, move on to the next string and repeat the process.

Step 5

Tighten or loosen the peg on your string if the tone produced does not match its label and retest the tone it produces. Continue tightening or loosening (whether you tighten or loosen depends on whether your string is flat or sharp, respectively, relative to its assigned note) until the string produces the correct note. Move on to the next string.

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