The little funky guitar-like instrument has been around since the 19th century. The Ukulele (pronounced "oo-koo-leh-leh") is a Hawaiian instrument, b
The little funky guitar-like instrument has been around since the 19th century. The Ukulele (pronounced “oo-koo–leh–leh“) is a Hawaiian instrument, becoming popular in pop music tracks and supporting leading pop songs like “Thinking out loud By Ed Sheeran”, “Count on me by Bruno Mars”, “Stay with me by Sam Smith” and a lot more. The Ukulele has become a really lovable string instrument for beginners and anyone who wants to get hooked up with a string instrument. So, let’s get you hooked up. Below are 5 things you need to know about the Ukulele as a beginner.
1. The first ukulele was made in 1879.
The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguesemachete, a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores.
2. Ukulele’s come in four different sizes – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.
Common types of ukuleles include soprano (standard ukulele), concert, tenor, and baritone. Less common are the sopranino (also called Piccolo, bambino, or “pocket uke”), bass, and contrabass ukuleles.
3. Ukulele means ‘jumping flea’
Perhaps because of the movement of the player’s fingers. Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of King Kalākaua‘s officers, because of his small size, fidgety manner, and playing expertise. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).
4. There are now electric ukuleles.
There is an electrically amplified version, the electric ukulele.
Also read: What Is the Best Ukulele for Beginners?
5. It is generally made up of wood.
Ukuleles are generally made of wood, though variants have been composed partially or entirely of plastic or other materials. Cheaper ukuleles are generally made from plywood or laminate woods, in some cases with a soundboard of a tonewood such as spruce. More expensive ukuleles are made of solid hardwoods such as mahogany. The traditionally preferred wood for ukuleles is Acacia koa.