Notes on ukulele strings
Breaking in the strings
You have to break in the strings. You're also like to hear a slight rattle till they completely break in.
This is true when you get a new ukulele as well as when you change your strings. You tune and play, they stretch, you tune again, they stretch, you tune again, they stretch and so on.. I think the first day i played my new ukulele i repeated this tune, play, re-tune cycle around 10 times the first day (1-3 hrs of playing). It'll keep slipping out of tune for a few days..
Eventually the strings start staying in-tune longer.
Listen to comparisons with a good speaker or headphone
I played a couple of YouTube videos on laptop speaker and couldn't tell any difference between any of the string sets played. Then i put my headphones on and played the videos again. This time, i could tell the difference.
- 11 Ukulele String sets Compared by Kalei Gamiao (recommended Oasis with low-G, and Alohi with high-G)
- Ukulele Strings Comparison
- Aquila Strings Red Lava Super Sugar Tenor w Kalei Gamiao (likes Lava the most, then Sugar. Lava = balanced, Red = chipper)
- Ukulele Strings - AQUILA - The essential information (Super Nylgut and Lava are the same, Lava is just colored)
- Ukulele String Comparison: Aquila Nylguts Versus D’Addarío Titanium Strings
- Aquila Nylgut vs. Aquila Sugar
- Ukulele Strings - A beginners guide to Nylgut, Fluorocarbon, Nylon and more
The ones i liked were D'addario Nylgut, Freemont Blackline, Aquila Lava
High-G vs. Low-G
Long story sort, low-g for melodies, high-g for strumming