Playing your Octopus
The strings on a soprano or concert ukulele are normally tuned to G4 C4 E4 and A4 (from left to right if you’re facing the neck with the head at the top). Use the tuning pegs on the headstock to tighten and loosen the strings – the tighter the string, the higher the pitch. Be careful not to tighten the strings too far as they might snap! Why not invest in an Octopus tuner to help?
You could ask about lessons and books at your local music shop and there also are several fantastic resources online to help beginners learn to play. We recommend you start with some of the instructional videos at UkuleleUnderground.com and once you’ve mastered the basics there are thousands of songs for you to learn at DoctorUke.com.
Some song sheets will have chord diagrams printed on them, but if not you can reference these handy chord charts from Ukulele-Chords.com.
Ukuleles are traditionally played with the fingers only, but many people use a plectrum these days as it allows for louder strumming and more intricate tune playing. If you decide to use a plectrum, we recommend you use a light gauge as ukulele strings are not as strong as their larger guitar cousins.
You might think that an Octopus would enjoy splashing about in the water with you, but the opposite is true. Octopus ukuleles are made of wood and prefer to stay dry!
Yes of course – customise your Octopus and let your creativity run wild! Acrylic paints will work best, but bear in mind that a lot of extra coating might affect the tone of your instrument!
Don’t panic! Most music shops and lots of online retailers sell sets of spare ukulele strings, and some even sell the strings individually. Make sure you get the right size and gauge string for your instrument – it should be easy to find the right replacement as most strings are labelled by pitch.
Some music shops will install the new string for you, but if you want to do it yourself (it’s not very hard) you can follow the instructions in this step by step video.
Buying & Selling Octopus
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Concert ukuleles are slightly larger and longer than the standard soprano at 23in (58cm), and have a few extra frets on the neck meaning there are more notes available. The extra size makes the concert louder too, but both are tuned to the same pitches.