Are ukuleles enjoying a resurgence in popularity? George Harrison (of the Beatles, hello!) was a huge ukulele player and proponent. Tiny Tim was also a uke strummer but most people would rather forget that. Now it seems that this 4-string mini-guitar-like instrument is making a small but eloquent comeback. Origins of the Ukulele Invented by Portugese immigrants in Hawaii, the ukulele has the advantage of being small and portable. It's better than a back-packer type guitar because it has a richer, fuller tone than the portable guitar. The ukulele may be second fiddle to the guitar since it's smaller and has four strings to the guitar's six, but it's still an instrument that has a wide range of tone. There are also several sizes of ukulele such as: soprano 13” concert 15” t
The vintage ukulele is one of the most iconic instruments in the world of music. In its short popularity over the past few decades, it is one of the world's most played instruments. The main appeal has been sparked by the introduction of famous rock stars causing many people to take up the instrument so they can emulate their favorite musicians. The advent of technology further enhanced the vintage ukulele world. It is now easy to record vintage ukulele via your computer and many musicians are taking a DIY approach. Vintage ukulele players can easily learn new things with just a quick little search and there's the introduction of the vintage ukulele series bringing a more party and front room approach to the ukulele concept. However, recent developments also raise one question. Do they rea...
Professional beatbox flute player, Greg Pattillo, is blown away by the volume of internet resources available to musicians today. With his first flute lessons in the 80’s, he falls among the last generation of musicians who had to learn music the old fashioned way. “I had to search long and hard for boot legged tapes of live recordings,” he remembers. “I couldn’t just open up my iTunes and download them, you know.” Nowadays, Pattillo makes his living playing flute, but he’s used the web to learn a variety of musical instruments including 6 string ukulele purely for enjoyment. “I got my mitts on an alto sax not so long ago,” he says, “and now I have something like YouTube where I can get exercises, hear different people play the same things, teach myself how to have an opinion about
Kids ukulele - Once parents and kids have found their instruments, the kids ukulele, and learned the basics of tuning and holding them properly in parts one and two of this article, they’re ready to start playing. What’s a Chord or Home Ukulele Chords Playing the kids ukulele usually involves strumming chords to accompany a singer. Basically, home ukulele chords are notes that sound good together. Each string on the kids ukulele produces one note, but when strummed at once, the four notes create a chord. The trick is pressing the strings down in the right spots so the notes harmonize with each other. Play a C Chord on the Kids Ukulele The song Frere Jacques is rare in that it only has one chord; a C chord. To play a C on the ukulele, only two fingers are needed. Before talking a
Ukulele open tuning - Once parents and kids have made an informed decision when purchasing a pair of ukuleles, they’re ready to get to work. Tuning A Ukulele For a while, parents will be tuning their child’s ukuleles. It’s a good idea if they check ukulele setup tuning before playing each time. New strings will take a while to stretch before holding their tune, and even strings that are broken in are sensitive to temperature changes. One slightly off-pitch string can make someone sound plain awful. Soon, parents and kids may become accustomed to the intervals between each string. At that point, A strum or two can tell them whether their instrument is in tune with itself or not. When parents play along with their children though, both instruments need to be tuned so the strings
Ukulele tips: Usually guitarists ukulele players play these five holiday songs - Silent Night, The First Noel, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, Felíz Navidad, and Good King Wenceslas using the five popular ukulele scales or chords; G, C, D7, D, and Em. The ukulele players also add sometimes ukulele scales or chords of A7, Am, Bm, and B7 to play the seven Christmas songs; Away in a Manger, Oh Christmas Tree, Go, Tell It on the Mountain, Oh Come, Oh Come, Emanuel, Deck the Halls, We Three Kings, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Now, here in the Ukulele tips we will discuss just the four new ukulele scales or chords of G7, A, E, and F players can raise their holiday repertoir to eighteen songs by adding the carols, The Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells, What Child Is This?, Angels