Luthiers Mercantile International, Inc. Guitar Builder Wood and Supplies 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. Finding quality strings is a persistent problem. As a general information service we have calculated the approximate cumulative tension in lbs for each size ukulele as well as the guitar and for the various number of strings associated with different models. For reader convenience we also include a graph of cumulative string tension vs. lower bout area for various sized ukuleles. If you enjoy the technical side of things, please consider buying my book "Left-brain Lutherie" . I enjoy writing these pages and hope that they are interesting and useful to the reader. To explore more of the website, please refer to the Sitemap and Search Engine
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. Kamae is a true ukulele virtuoso; he developed new plucking techniques and revolutionized the traditional method of playing the ukulele. Eddie Kamae's impact on Hawaiian music and culture has been recognized and awarded.
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. 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: C Wahine – low-G B E G. Three slack key or Hawaiian style songs: Ledward Kaapana Tribute tab Glass Ball Slack Key tab 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. The frets are the vertical edges that lay across the fretboard. 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 E minor D minor F#/Gb minor D major E major B minor Questions & Comments
Fret Not Guitar Repair Located In Newport News, VA Virginia | Hampton Roads Peninsula WaverlyStreet Design Ukulele Site uke_player Submit information about your club events, festivals, shows, venue, etc... We will list everything in an index that is in PDF format in the magazine to prevent spam. If you prefer to send a regular e-mail message, there is contact information on the club listings page so that you can send us the particulars of your club or event. Ukulele Player Magazine has over 155,000 readers. We are happy to serve the ukulele community world-wide. © 2009 Tricorn Publications
WaverlyStreet Design Ukulele Site A perfectly good piezo electric pick-up can be made with a couple inexpensive items from Radio Shack. Here's how to do it: First, go to Radio Shack and buy a #273-073A Piezo Transducer and a 1/4" panel-mount, mono, female phono jack. Solder the red wire from the transducer to the center pole, the black one to the outer (ground) pole of the jack: That's it for the electronics! Next, plan where the two components are going to go inside the uke. Now for the scary part - drill a hole in the side to mount the jack. Stick a length of 1/4" wood dowel through the new hole so that you can see it through the sound hole. Now pull the stick & jack out towards the hole, feeding the wires and the transducer along behind. Now position the transducer so that you'll be able to dab glue on it and press it up against the top where it goes. Plan ahead! You're done - plug it in and play! Click here for a video sound sample.