Relax. Tuning isn't so difficult, despite how important it is. If you are a complete beginner and don't know your A string from your nut, you're in the right place. We have a uke tuner set up that will allow you to teach your fingers and your ears to get your ukulele in tune, before you have to think about which string is an "A". You'll enjoy learning which string is an "A" much more, and it will stick much better, once you've had a chance to hear how beautiful your ukulele can sound, when it is in tune.
To the left you see a picture of my battered old uke. Each of the tuning pegs is marked with a letter: if you click them, the sound of the right note for each peg will play. If you keep your mouse over the button after you click it, the note will play, again and again, once per second until you move your mouse away! This is a great help while you are trying to figure out if you are too high, or too low, and which way to turn the tuning peg to get it right.
The strings may wrap around the peg either way, so you will have to get used to which direction to turn the keys to move the string higher (tighter) or lower (looser) on your own particular uke. (If your strings or pegs look wired up differently than you see in the uke tuner, you likely have something fishy going on. If possible, you should get everything straight and standard before you start your fingers learning new habits)
We'll start with your G string. Click your mouse on the big round "G" button, and leave it hovering there so the note will play, over, and over, until you're done the next step.
Go ahead, pluck your "G" string and turn the tuning peg. No rush - get comfortable with it. Don't feel discouraged if you find yourself moving up and down, and being unsure of which direction you should be going - unless you've done it before, it's not easy. Do it for a while now. It will get easier. Once you've found exactly the right note, tune up and down and back, just to get the hang of it.
When tuning a stringed intrument, it is always advisable to tune "UP" into the note you want. Why? As you loosen the string, it takes a few tugs for the tension above the neck (between the 'nut' and the 'peg') to equal the tension on the neck, so it will slide down. Try to get used to this: when you're tuning a string "DOWN", tune it a little too far down, and then back "UP" to where it is perfect. Tuning any stringed instrument works out best that way.
Ease your G string up into the G note, exactly as played when you press the "G" button on the uke tuner.