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HOW TO TUNE THE BARITONE UKULELE
The open strings of the Baritone Ukulele when correctly tuned, sound the tones D, G, B, E from the 4th to
1st string. It is important to remember in tuning that the 4th string is nearest you when the instrument is
held in playing position.
TUNING FROM THE PIANO KEYBOARD
The piano keyboard affords the easiest method for tuning your instrument quickly and correctly. The
following diagrammatic illustration shows the location and relationship of the open strings to the keyboard.
Middle "C" is indicated on the keyboard chart for orientation purposes only. First locate this key on the
pianoforte, (it is the white key, to the left of the group of two black keys, in the center of the keyboard
directly under the manufacturers name), then tune the open strings D, G, B, E in the manner shown below.
TUNING FROM A SPANISH GUITAR TUNER
Since Baritone Ukulele Tuners are not manufactured, a Spanish Guitar Tuner may be substituted by using
only the firsf four pipes to the right, namely D, G, B, E as depicted below. The Shaded pipes E and A
are not used. Be sure to tune the strings an octave lower than the tones produced by the tuner.
TUNING WITHOUT AID OF PIANO OR TUNER
Tune the D or 4th string to as good a low tone quality as possible. Place the finger directly behind the fifth
fret of the same (4th) string and tune the open 3rd string in unison. Next, place the finger behind the
fourth fret of the 3rd string and tune the open 2nd string in unison. Finally, place the finger behind the
fifth fret of the 2nd string and tune the open 1st string in unison.

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