If you want to buy ukulele parts, strings, or want to learn ukelele chords, keep reading and start learning about this cool and relaxing instrument.
If you’re reading this right now, then you most probably already have an idea what a ukulele is. But for the few who have no clue what we’re talking about, or for beginners who want to learn about this amazing instrument, allow me to give you a little background about the ukulele.
Basically, a ukulele looks like a guitar, but smaller. And while a guitar has 6 strings (some guitars have 12), a ukulele has 4.
If you’ve seen some Hawaiian movies or videos, you’ve probably seen the ukulele being played more often than not. It basically hails from the guitar family. According to history, the ukulele was brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants during the 19th century and has obviously made its way up to this generation.
Before we get into more information about the ukulele, let’s first look at its spelling.
The term “ukulele” is often misspelled. Some spell it with an “e” as in “ukelele” while others go with “ukalele” or even “ukolele”. Technically, it should be spelled with a “u” as in “ukulele” but for the sake of the relatively high number of misspellers, we’ll sometimes use “ukElele” so as not to alienate the huge number of “ukelele’ spellers out there. Just ukelele though. Spelling it with an “i” or an “a” in one articles might be too confusing.
A lot of people enjoy listening to ukuleles because of its simple, light and relaxing sound. You can just imagine yourself in Hawaii, sitting on the beach with a pinacolada in hand, while a Hawaiian musician strums different ukelele chords with beautiful Hawaiian ladies dancing the hula on the other side. That is some relaxing music.
You’ve probably also seen ukuleles used in many Hollywood movies. if you’ve seen the movie “The Jerk” starring the very funny Steve Martin, then you’d have seen him playing the ukulele while singing to his girl on the beach. If you haven’t seen it yet, just click the link above and check it out. Cool song! Paul McCartney also used the ukulele to play George Harrison’s Something during one of his concerts. According to Sir Paul, George Harrison was not only a great lead guitar player but also a very skillful ukulele player.
This is just a quick background on the ukulele. So get out there and buy ukulele gear, get your ukelele tuner, learn the ukelele chords and start playing! Stick around for more articles to come. Aloha!