Changing Strings

Changing strings takes some practice, but once you learn how, it’s something to look forward to, because it makes your ‘ukulele sound and play better.

1. Loosen the machine head by turning it clockwise until you can pull the string out of the machine head. Then undo the knot at the bridge and slide the string out of the bridge hole, making sure to keep the string from scratching the surface of your ‘ukulele.

2. Take the new string out of its pack and feed one end through the hole in the bridge. There should be two or three inches sticking out toward the ‘ukulele’s base.

3. Next tie a knot like this:

4. Now pull on the end of string that goes to the nut, so that the bridge-knot tightens up.

5. Pull the string across the fretboard and up the center of the headstock. Pull the string through the hole in the tuning peg until you have about an inch of clearance when you pull the string up off the fretboard (this distance changes depending on what string gauge and type you use. Heavier strings need more clearance, lighter strings need less).

6. Now place the string in the correct nut-slot and start winding the string counter-clockwise onto the tuning peg. The first time around, the string should go over the loose end to prevent slippage. Continue winding the string neatly below the loose end of the string until tuned.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 for the rest of the strings on your ukulele.

8. Now tune up.

Note: If you want, you can pull the string off the fretboard a few inches to get them stretched and tight around the tuning pegs (this will happen by itself over the period of a few days, but doing this speeds things up).