The Ukulele, with its versatility and social ties, is a wonderful instrument to learn and perform. This provides schools with a easy alternative to the recorder that encourages young children to learn and adults to pick, strum and sing along a small mobile instrument, either by themselves or a group of friends. The ukulele has some fantastic history facts that are important to learn before the first song is strummed. Electronic Drums near me is an excellent resource for this.
The Ukulele was purchased in the nineteenth century by the Portuguese settlers to Hawaii and in Hawaiian means “Jumping Flea.” It gained prominence in other parts of America throughout the twentieth century, before spreading to the rest of the world.
The ukulele resembles a small guitar with a fretted fingerboard, and four picked or strummed strings. Four growing sizes do exist. The smallest soprano or standard size is and was first produced. The concert ukulele was created in the 1920s and with a darker tone than the soprano it is slightly larger and louder. Soon thereafter the tenor ukulele was created with its increased size, greater volume, and deeper bass sound. The largest size called the baritone was created in the 1940’s. The sopranino and bass are some less popular Ukuleles.
The shape of the ukulele usually resembles that of a small acoustic guitar, but other non-standard forms that are commonly used include the oval shape (pineapple ukulele), boat-paddle shape or square shape.
Ukuleles are usually made from wood, and their purchasing price is dictated by the quality of the wood used. For general, cheaper Ukuleles are made of ply or laminate woods with soundboards made of inexpensive but acoustically superior wood such as spruce. Many more expensive ukuleles are made of exotic hardwoods like mahogany, Most expensive ukuleles are made of Koa, a Hawaiian wood that gives an appealing color and fine tone to ukuleles. They could cost thousands.
Until making any sound on the ukulele you need to ensure that all the strings are in harmony. Ukuleles particularly the cheaper brands get out of tune and so it’s a good idea to tune them at the beginning of every play.
The regular tuning for soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles is C tuning which means that the four strings are aligned with G C E A pitch. The 4th string is G, the 3rd string is C, the 2nd string is E, and the 1st string is A. That’s it sounds like those notes when you hit the open string. On the piano, the G is tuned to the G above middle C, an octave greater than you would expect. The ukulele baritone is geared to D G B E with the sound rising from low up.