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About the Ukulele

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A ukulele is a small musical instrument with 4 strings. Ukuleles are usually made of wood and have fretted necks. Ukuleles were developed in Hawai'i during ukulele the 19th century, after Spanish seafarers had introduced guitars to the islands. In Hawai'ian, 'ukulele' means 'jumping flea'.

Ukuleles, much like acoustic guitars, are useful as a rhythmic accompaniment instrument for a singer or a band. Because of their size, strings, and physical properties, ukuleles produce a less full sound than their 6-string cousins - they give no bass notes. I firmly believe, however, that what ukuleles lack in tonal range they more than make up for with charm. (You may agree, if you have come this far.) Not only is the ukulele itself cute as a bug, but as a singer, it gives you more contact with your audience - the difference is like that between speaking from a podium and speaking with crib-cards in your hand.

Maybe best of all is that ukuleles are simple. While many instruments require hundreds (or thousands) of hours of training before you can reasonable enjoy playing them in public, I am pleased to be able to lay out a course of study that will render you and your ukulele quite entertaining with only dozens of hours of learning.

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