To many, the mellow plunking of a ukulele’s strings immediately evokes the wide sand beaches and swaying palm trees of Hawaii.
It was indeed born in that island state, but its popularity has spread throughout the entire world. It is now universally recognized and well-loved for its small shape and gentle tone.
As the its popularity has grown, so have styles of playing it. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, famous for his cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” introduced many to the classic Hawaiian style of playing.
Artists like Tune-Yards or Jake Shimabukuro have enchanted many fans with their unique, modern take on the ukulele (or “uke” for short). George Harrison of the Beatles was famous for keeping two of them in the trunk of his car at all times.
Why two? So he would always be prepared with a spare instrument for an impromptu jam session with friends!
You might think this instrument, being so small and having only four strings, would be a soft and simple instrument. That is not always the case! There are actually four types at four different registers – soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.
Ukulele orchestras will have a number of people playing all these different ranges at the same time, similar to a classical orchestra. When you hear the combined sound of twenty different ukes strumming out an intricate composition, you won’t be able to deny the range and power of this little instrument!
The ukulele is a perfect fit for the beginner and the expert musician alike. So, we started this website for long-time fans of the uke as well as those who want to learn more about it.
We want to inspire others to pick up this instrument and to learn about its rich history. On our site you will find many articles, reviews, and other media all exploring the wide world of the ukulele.
So what are you waiting for? Dive in! You just may find yourself falling in love with the sweet, mellow tone of this adorable instrument. And you will not be alone; you are joining a world-wide community that continues to grow with each new generation of musicians.