Every one of us at some point in time has experienced how happy music can make us feel. When it comes to happiness and music, the Ukulele deserves a special mention. The Ukulele chords, somehow have the ability to make us instantly happy!
And let’s be honest, this ability of the instrument has made us want to learn it ourselves!
The Ukulele’s charm is undeniable. You've probably heard it in hit songs because of its happy tone. This joyful sound has helped the ukulele surface in popularity in recent years.
But before learning how to play the Ukulele, let’s dive deeper into how the Happiest Musical Instrument got its name and an indisputable mellow reputation.
Ukulele, a Small Guitar?
Whether you're a guitarist seeking a little variety or have never played an instrument before, the ukulele is a fantastic choice.
Also known as Uke, the Ukulele is a four-stringed musical instrument made from wood and resembles a small classical acoustic guitar.
It comes across as no surprise that the word "ukulele" is Hawaiian in origin; the ukulele is as firmly identified with the Hawaiian islands as envy is with a tropical vacation. The ukulele, however, is not native to Hawaii. Portuguese immigrants who named it a machete brought it to Hawaii.
The ukulele was welcomed in its new location and was a particular favourite of Edward Purvis, a former British army officer and a court official in King Kalakaua's court.
Purvis was a vivacious, jovial man who was nevertheless fairly small in stature. He had acquired the nickname "jumping flea" due to his personality. The word "ukulele" is derived from the Hawaiian words "uku" (flea) and "lele" (jumping).
Mr. Ukulele became so closely associated with the instrument that his nickname became the name by which the instrument was known.
Even though it's spelt as “Uk-u-lele” the correct English ukulele pronunciation is "you-ke-ley-ley."
However, the correct Hawaiian ukulele pronunciation is "ju-ke-lei-li."
Types of Ukulele
Ukulele being a musical instrument has a lot of history behind it. And with so much history comes along diversification. This diversification has given rise to different types of ukuleles.
Let’s learn more about the different types of ukuleles:
Basically, there are four types of ukulele they are Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone.
The type is based on the size of the ukulele and the kind of sound it produces.
Let's begin with the smallest, the soprano ukulele. The Soprano ukulele is sometimes referred to as the standard ukulele. There are soprano ukuleles that a smaller, but they are usually for children.
So here we'll talk about the conventional Soprano ukulele. The soprano ukuleles don't have a large body for the sound to resonate in.
The general rule with string instruments, including ukuleles, is that the smaller the body, the higher the pitch.
This doesn’t mean the volume but simply the pitch it’s because the body isn’t huge enough for the sound to get resonated.
The Concert Ukulele is only slightly in size on the body and neck when compared to the Soprano Ukulele.
As we get to larger sizes, the concert ukulele's larger body produces a sound with more mid-range and bass. Concert ukuleles have longer, wider necks, which sound wonderful when playing notes as well as chords.
Concert ukuleles have the best intonation because they maintain tune better than soprano ukuleles, which are more prone to getting out of tune.
The concert ukuleles are an excellent option for beginners because they are a bit larger than the soprano and have a brighter sound. This sound is similar to a traditional ukulele.
Comparing the Tenor Ukulele to the Soprano and Concert, the Tenor has a larger body. The frets are wider and the neck is longer.
Tenor ukuleles have larger and wider bodies, which create more mid-range and bass to make them louder.
Additionally, the longer fretboard gives you more options for playing chords as well as notes or scales.
Lastly, the baritone ukulele- Compared to other ukulele kinds, baritone ukuleles feature a larger, wider body and a longer neck.
The baritone ukulele is actually tenor guitar size, but as it has four strings, it is classified as a ukulele.
The baritone's tunings are a little different from those of other ukulele models.
For example, on the baritone the first string is ‘E’, the Second string is ‘B’, Third-string is ‘G’ and the Fourth string is ‘D’ but if you compared it with the tenor the First string is ‘A’, Second String is ‘E’, Third-string is ‘C’ and then the fourth string is ‘G’.
Reasons to Play the Ukulele
If you’re someone who loves music but can’t make up your mind about which instrument to choose, take a look at why Ukulele could be a fun pick!
1. Ukulele is Easy
Compared to the guitar and other stringed instruments like the mandolin, the ukulele is simpler to master.
In comparison to guitars, the ukulele’s light nylon strings are gentler to your fingers and don't cause finger pain. Additionally, because it has only four strings, learning chords and scales becomes easier.
2. Ukulele is Budget Friendly
As it’s affordable, buying a ukulele won't strain your wallet the way other instruments do.
3. Ukulele is Portable
Ukulele is the ultimate travel instrument. You can take your ukulele virtually anywhere.
4. Guitar Skill and Knowledge is Transferable to a Ukulele
Guitar players can easily switch between the ukulele and the guitar. You may utilise any scale and chord pattern you learned on the guitar on the ukulele.
Every ukulele has its use. Whether you use your ukulele to either create or dedicate, we leave that up to you!
However, if you’re looking for a reliable instrument that you can travel with, there isn’t a better option than a unique ukulele that sounds great no matter where you are.
So what are you waiting for? Start your ukulele journey today!
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