Ukulele

 

clip_image001The ukulele, from Hawaiian, generally with four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajao, small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.

Tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

Why not learn to play the ukulele if you want to learn an instrument, but you want one that is relatively uncomplicated?

The ukulele has the advantage of being a small instrument, great for youngsters and for seniors. You do have the option of picking from different types of ukuleles, which come in different sizes, but most are small compared to other heavier instruments like the guitar.

There are even other types of ukuleles that have odd shapes like a pineapple, and are appropriately called “pineapple” ukuleles.

The ukulele is a very simple four-string instrument. It is usually tuned to G-C-E-A, which is the one most people use to learn to play the ukulele. However, some people tune the strings to A-D-F#-B. As for the baritone ukulele, it is tuned to D-G-B-E.

Investment: RM300 / 8 weeks / 1 hour

Level: basic

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