How to Tune the Baritone Ukulele

Baritone ukuleles are a little bit like the black sheep of the ukulele family, as they are tuned so differently. If you pick up a baritone ukulele, often it can be very frustrating finding the right advice and the right resources to help you learn to tune it as the vast majority of ukulele stuff is designed with GCEA tuning in mind. The baritone ukulele has the tuning of: D3-G3-B3-E4

Baritone Ukulele Tuning - A4(Hz):440
String Scientific pitch Helmholtz pitch Semitones from Middle C Frequency (Hz)
D D3 d -10 146.83
G G3 g -5 196.00
B B3 b -1 246.94
E E4 e′ 4 329.63

However, there is a trick to the baritone ukulele which will make tuning much easier for you! You may have heard that the baritone ukulele is, in fact, tuned exactly the same as the four highest-pitched strings on the guitar. This is helpful as it means that our Online Guitar Tuner will work just as well for tuning your baritone ukulele! Ignoring the lower E and A-strings, the D-G-B-E tuning notes are exactly what you need in order to tune your baritone ukulele. It gets even better - our Adjustable Online Guitar Tuner allows you to change the notes you tune to, which is super-handy if you are using alternate tuning for your baritone!

If you are not keen on using our guitar tuner to tune your baritone uke, you can use our Online Chromatic Instrument Tuner instead. This tuner will guide you to tune your baritone ukulele to the right note, and you can use it if you have a microphone connected to your computer. It might also pay to check out our guitar tuning articles, to pick up some handy baritone-applicable hints about tuning too.

Alternate Baritone Ukulele Tunings

The standard tuning of the baritone ukulele is non-reentrant. The strings are tuned D3-G3-B3-E4 from low to high, which is exactly the same tuning as the top four strings of the guitar. Some ukulele purists don't think the baritone should be classified as a ukulele for this reason. This is perhaps the main reason why the baritone is alternatively tuned to re-entrant tuning. The baritone can be alternatively re-entrant tuned to G-C-E-A (in accordance with the other three ukulele types), or to D-G-B-E, with the D string an octave higher than non-re-entrant tuning. The G-C-E-A tuning of the baritone ukulele requires a different set of strings to the baritone strings used for standard-tuning, and the high-D tuning of the baritone ukulele requires a different D-string. Some models of baritone ukulele are sold with re-entrant tuned strings, however these models are much rarer than those baritone ukes that are sold tuned to the standard D-G-B-E tuning.

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Guadalupe GCEA strings

In answer to Pez: I bought a set of GCEA (low G) strings from Guadalupe Custom strings. I like the way the low G tuning sounds on the baritone, but I can't say much about the quality of the tone from the strings because I put them on a real junker of an instrument! (Really... Like wouldn't be surprised if it had been in a trash can some time in its life!) I had issues with one of the wound strings buzzing against the frets, but I think that was a bridge issue, which we've ultimately resolved. I'm buying a new baritone uke, and I'll be interested to see how those strings sound on a decent instrument.

by Melanie on

Anybody out there tried the non-reentrant (low G) GCEA Baritone strings from Guadelupe Custom Strings in L.A.? I'd be interested in hearing comments before I try these out. BTW, their website is http://thegcs.co/

by Pez on

You can buy a capo and install it at the 5th fret of the baritone. Then you have the GCEA that a concert or other ukuleles have. Leave the strings alone that came with the baritone, tune as usual and then go forth with the capo (a clamp that barrs all the strings.)

by Bill on

GCEA tuning for baritone uke

I've bought a set of Aquila baritone GCEA strings (re-entrant/high G) and just finished stringing my baritone uke with them to G3 C3 E3 A3 and the string tension is very low and they sound awful. But when I tried to raise them an octave, the tension was too great and I was fearful of the strings snapping. Anyone had similar experience with these strings?

by Christopher Clark on

GCEA tuning for baritone uke

I've bought a set of Aquila baritone GCEA strings (re-entrant/high G) and just finished stringing my baritone uke with them to G3 C3 E3 A3 and the string tension is very low and they sound awful. But when I tried to raise them an octave, the tension was too great and I was fearful of the strings snapping. Anyone had similar experience with these strings?

by Christopher Clark on

Is there any quick way to convert sanderd tennor cords to Baritone cords

by Glen Baker on

Is it okay to tune the baritone uke to g2 c2 e2 a2 (ie a whole octave lower than standard soprano)?

by James on

I do not have access to a piano.
Do I tune my baritone uke to "my dog has fleas" or is there a different song I can tune it to?

by Howard on

I wish you would use the octave numbers in the alternative tunings section too. G4-C4-E4-A4 no lower than other ukes? Or G3-C3-E3-A3?

by Eric S on

books

hi guys i am new to baratone uke .having played dobro .and clawhammer .and i must say what a wonderful instrument .but there does not seem to be much stuff out there as in books or dvd.s would anyone out there have any tab or books for sale regards phil

by phil on

books

hi guys i am new to baratone uke .having played dobro .and clawhammer .and i must say what a wonderful instrument .but there does not seem to be much stuff out there as in books or dvd.s would anyone out there have any tab or books for sale regards phil

by phil on

E3-C3-G3-C4 ?

I've got an idea for alternate baritone tuning, as per the title of this question. I think I could achieve this by using two standard sets of D3-G3-B3-E4 and tuning one of the D3s up to E3, and tuning the D3 from the other set down to C3. Could anyone advise me on this idea? Is there a more elegant solution? What string brands or materials might optimize this kind of tuning?

by Pat on

E3-C3-G3-C4 ?

I've got an idea for alternate baritone tuning, as per the title of this question. I think I could achieve this by using two standard sets of D3-G3-B3-E4 and tuning one of the D3s up to E3, and tuning the D3 from the other set down to C3. Could anyone advise me on this idea? Is there a more elegant solution? What string brands or materials might optimize this kind of tuning?

by Pat on

tune the Bari uke

If you tune the Baritone Uke GCEA use strings specifically crafted for that purpose! Don't use soprano (too short anyway) or tenor. Thing is, tension will be too high. Aquile has them Bari plain strings (not wound).

by sharma on

alternate tuning

Ia it possible to tune a baritone ukelele like a tenor guitar? (GDAE) If so, what strings should one buy? would it take custom-made tenor guitar strings?

by Robbie on

If I tuned the baritone to GCEA, can I use the normal Soprano / Concert / Tenor strings or can I use the existing baritone strings?

by zul on

Judy, yes the chord SHAPES are the same but the KEY is different. For example the C chord on the soprano or tenor uke is a G chord on the baritone, the F chord on the tenor is a C on the baritone, and so on. Get a chart of guitar chords to see the full range. It is just a case of transposing the key in your head, the shapes are all the same.

by Peter on

If I tune my Baritone Ukulele to DGBE are the finger positions for the cords the same as a tuned Soprano Ukulele GCEA eg" is C and F in the same position. Many thank Judy

by Judy on

Bari Uke's are great

I love the Bari Uke I just bought. It's is comfortable to play and has great tone to play almost any type of music. Go get one and see for yourself.

by Bill v on

I love the baritone ukulele

by Eric on
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