Guitar Building: Acoustic Guitar Building, Electric Guitar Making, Archtop Guitar Building, Guitar Repair, Violin Making, Dulcimer Making, Mandolin Building, Banjo Building, Drum Making! ukulele string tensions and scale lengths The last table in the Sounds section is repeated for convenience in order to make a few points about stringing ukuleles. There are four courses of strings on an ukulele; each course may have as few as 1 or as many as 3 strings in it. Typically soprano and baritone ukuleles have a total of four strings. Concert ukuleles may have the C course as an octave pair, with the second C string being higher; they may also be strung with the G note an octave lower. Tenors are the most variable in their stringing with the following combinations being most common: In Hawaii, the 4-string tenor ukulele is normally strung with the G set at 196 Hz, that is a "low" G. It is also possible to string the 4-string tenor DGBE, similar to the first four strings of the guitar, except that the D note is higher than the G in this case. Finding quality strings is a persistent problem. For reader convenience we also include a graph of cumulative string tension vs. lower bout area for various sized ukuleles.
Hawaiian Hula Archives The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum - Eddie Kamae Eddie Kamae Hawaiian native Edward Leilani Kamae was born in Honolulu in 1927 and has made a life from his talents as an ukulele virtuoso, singer and composer, co-founder of the legendary band Sons of Hawaii, filmmaker, researcher, and key figure in the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Kamae first learned to play ukulele as a youth when his brother found an instrument on a city bus and brought it home. He made a name for himself as an ukulele player in the late 1940s in Hawaii, teaming up with Shoi Ikemi as Ukulele Rascals at Waikiki Lau Yee Chai restaurant. In the late 1950s, he was the ukulele soloist for Ray Kinney's Orchestra, which performed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. In 1960, he organized the Sons of Hawaii, and was joined by slack key guitar legend Gabby Pahinui, steel guitarist Dave "Feet" Rogers, and Joe Marshall on upright bass. Kamae is a true ukulele virtuoso; he developed new plucking techniques and revolutionized the traditional method of playing the ukulele.
Slack Key Ukulele Slack-key (ki ho’alu) is yet another genre that the ukulele can successfully cover and is relatively easy to learn, but has many opportunities for advanced players. Usually it is played on a guitar. Usually. Slack-key music is really beautiful. If you’re not familiar with it, I would recommend Legends of Slack-Key Guitar. There is also a short clip of Ledward Kaapana playing slack key ukulele on the Ukulele Fest 2003 Youtube video. So first the disclaimer… The term “slack key” is kind of a touchy thing. “When I was young my Uncle Fred told me you can play slack key in Standard tuning. So if it’s a style, you do not need to tune your ukulele differently. The most commonly used slack-key guitar tuning is open G (taro patch). A bass line is what drives the slack key sound and keeps the harmony sounding full. Harmonics are popular in slack-key music so try to ingrate them into your playing. You also need to know turnarounds. Here are a couple more tunings to play with: TNC tab
About | Ukulian Welcome. Now get this right, I’m no musician, although I’ve always enjoyed it, especially in it’s folk / country guises. As a schoolboy my music teacher tortured me and put me off learning anything about music by trying to get me to sing a single note in tune. His reason for doing so was that I always got good marks in exams. What he failed to realise was that all the exams were listening and not re-producing notes. Now, the best part of half a century later, my grandson decided that he wanted to learn to play a guitar. Then, talking to his music teacher, I offered to look at a guitar he had that was not keeping in tune and was, as he described it, unplayable. For myself, I bought a banjo. Then, one day, I discovered the ukulele! The best sounding of these instruments (to my ears, remember the music lessons) was a roundback (Ovation copy) guitar that I had repaired a broken neck on.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s beautiful rendition and medley of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World has actually been around since 1993, a few years before his death in 1997. Movies like Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates, Finding Forrester, and popular TV shows like Scrubs and So You Think You Can Dance has helped draw attention to this song. For ukulele players, it’s become a “must-know” song. How to Play Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World In this video, I go through each section of the song and show you how to play it. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World Chords Here are the ukulele chords to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Intro: C Cmaj7 Am F C G Am F Fadd9 F C Em F C Oooo, oooo, oooo... C Em Somewhere over the rainbow F C - Way up high F C And the dreams that you dream of G Am F Once in a lullaby... - C Em Oh, somewhere over the rainbow F C - Blue birds fly F C And the dreams that you dream of G Am F Dreams really do come true...
The Ukulele Site Home page Your Online Ukulele Shop and Resource Center! Mark Nelson's Home Page 11 Must-Know Ukulele Chords for Beginners As you may have already seen, we’ve been working on building up a ukulele chord library, with hundreds of chords in several different variations. But, as a newer or beginner ukulele player, which ones do you really need to know? We’ll be looking at the most essential and common ukulele chords. All these chords are in the first position, or first variation, meaning that these chords are located between the first five frets. Here are the eleven must-know ukulele chords for beginners ordered from easiest to hardest to play. C major Suggested fingering: Use your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the bottom string. A minor Suggested fingering: Use your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the top string. F major Suggested fingering: Use your index finger on the 1st fret of the second string and your ring finger on the 2nd fret of the top string. G major A major Suggested fingering: Use your index finger on the 1st fret of the third string and your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the top string. E minor
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