Pinch, don’t twist

Those of you with those jug-eared, guitar-style geared tuners, ignore this.

Just teasing a bit. Sometimes this tip can be applied to the geared tuners as well.

For any of the rest of you who’re having trouble fine tuning with friction tuners, when you get close to the note you want, pinch the tuning button rather than twisting it. In other words, don’t turn your wrist trying to get that last few cents off, just pinch the button between your thumb and the side of your index finger.

Yeah, it’s still a knack to develop knowing how to set your fingers so you’re only pinching the very tiny bit that’s needed, but you can do it.

It definitely helps to have the tuning pegs little set screw tightened just right as well. You want it just tight enough. There should be no slop in it but it shouldn’t be so tight you work up a sweat trying to turn the thing.

(Note: originally posted on May 30, 2008 in the Ukulele Tips, Tricks and Techniques section of the Ukulele Underground forums)

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