Knowing the ukulele string names by heart is essential since this forms the basis for the communication between the teacher and the students. It’s one of the first things to teach in every ukulele lesson. If we want to to tune the ukulele, we need to know the names of the ukulele to know which open to tune for the string. When you want to follow the instructions from a ukulele teacher, you need to understand phrases like “Put your first finger on the second string” right away.
The string names of the ukulele
Fortunately, the ukulele has only 4 strings. So it’s not a big deal to learn them. So, here they are:
1st string – G string
2nd string – C string
3rd string – E string
4th string – A string
The string numbers of the ukulele
Ukulele beginners should be also familiar with the number of the ukulele strings. Many teachers and players use rather the numbers than the names because they seem to follow an easier logic. There we count them from the bottom to the top. However, I recommend to know and to use also the names because they represent the open notes of the ukulele.
How to remember the ukulele string names?
Especially when teaching the ukulele to kids, it’s always nice to make your ukulele lessons entertaining and catchy. Use rhymes to make them memorize the string names quickly and easily. Here is one example:
Get Crazy Every Afternoon
But be creative and involve your students to find other catchy phrases!